Over the christmas holidays my work place donated a lot of food to the Huggard homeless shelter in Cardiff. I was very moved by how many people were reliant on the shelter, it made me look at the homeless in a very different way and understand the struggles they go through on a daily basis.
The BBC TV programme, ‘Cardiff: Living on the Streets’ also inspired me to look at homelessness and made me realise that sometimes it’s not their fault that they are living on the streets. I have decided to do a piece on how homeless people don’t really have a place inside where they can go to sleep or to just sit and have a cup of tea, and if they can go somewhere inside and use facilities it is very often temporary. This is something that so many of us take for granted. I want to highlight that a homeless persons inside is their outside, their home is outside.
I considered the thoughts and feelings they would have after watching the series ‘Cardiff: Living on the Streets’. Useless, unloved and unwanted was the feelings some of the people felt and talked about. An idea I have is to take photographs of household furniture that has been dumped on the sides of the road or up the mountain where I live. The importance of the household furniture is that its unwanted and left on the side of the road, the furniture will suggest the homeless people. I think the dumped rubbish has to be household furniture as it represents the house that the homeless no longer have.
The link above takes you to Chris Rushton, the producer and director of Cardiff Living on the streets, who talks about the series.