Lee Jeffries is a photographer from photographer from Manchester. Close to the professional football scene, he started photographing sporting events until he met a young homeless girl on the streets of London which changed his photographic approach forever. He recalls that ‘he had stolen a photo from this young homeless girl huddled in a sleeping bag. He knew that the young girl had noticed him but his first reaction wasn’t to leave. He says that something made him stay and go and discuss with the homeless girl’. His perception of the homeless changed, and they become the subject of his art. The models in his photographs are homeless men, women and children he has met in Europe and US. He says ‘I made an effort to learn, to get to know each of the subjects before asking their permission to do their portrait’. From then onwards his photographs portray his convictions and his compassion to the world.
I particularly like the harsh contrast in his images and the simple rawness and the impact. There’s no posing, make up, looking ‘perfect’. Its simply people in the world. The high contrast and black and white emphasis the detail in these peoples faces and in his work he uses Square format which makes all attention on these raw and detailed faces.