Hidden Homeless Poetry & Photo Book
Creative direction for a homeless charity in Bradford which took the poetry and photography of ten shelter residents and created a book to highlight the creative side of these individuals who usually go unrecognised. ‘Forgotten’ by Hidden Homeless was a project which was a privilege to be involved in. ‘Forgotten’ is a book of poetry written by people who have slept rough in Bradford, it was launched in an effort to highlight their plight. The driving force behind it is Gary Staniforth. Gary began his campaign in 2009 by starting a ground-breaking project to help homeless people in West Yorkshire to speak out through creative writing. I oversaw the production & layout of the book and produced photographs of the book launch for a number of media outlets (BBC Article.)
'Another Life.' by Gary Staniforth
I used to have another life,
A job a cat a house a wife,
17 years of living the dream,
Not all smooth sailing,
You know what I mean.
The mountains and valleys,
They come and they go,
The pressures of work and kids,
As they grow.
Living on credit and struggling for cash,
Then it all happened,
The credit crunch, crash.
Now on hard times and God what a struggle.
No more living in my own little bubble.
A few wrong decisions and silly mistakes,
As we try to survive, whatever it takes.
The drink and drugs they play a part,
As I was now watching my life fall apart.
Escape and distraction,
To bury my head,
But then look what happens, just look where it led.
Now I am homeless,
With no wife, kids or bed.
Don’t look down at the homeless you see,
It can happen to you,
Like it happened to me.