Haunting Black and White Portraits of Homeless People by Lee Jeffries
Lee Jeffries, a self-taught photographer from Manchester will actually suprise you this time. Photo series “Homeless” is that kind of a thing you either love or hate. Done only in white and black these amazing photos are so detailed you are able to see every wrinkle of the faces you see everyday in the streets. See the stories of homeless poeple lives.
Anyways, homeless people aren’t the only ones Jeffries like taking photos of. At first Lee was more into sports photography. His mind changed after one incident in London. The photographer once tried to take a shot of a homeless woman which was lying in a Chinese food container: “She kicked up a right fuss! I was incredibly embarrassed and was faced with a decision – walk away, or go and apologize. I chose the latter and her story and subsequent images I took of her changed my approach to street photography forever.”
The ‘models’ aren’t forced to pose. Jeffries tried to befriend them first and even pays after the photography session.“I process, predominately through dodge and burn, to develop the mood of the eyes. It’s the eyes that attracted me to take the photograph in the first place and this is always the starting point for the emotional element of the image. I process with light and shadow in an almost religious way.”