Lee Jeffries. a UK based photographer, has spent the last number of years taking portraits of the homeless, travelling the World on a self imposed mission. His endless quest began by chance. As a self taught photographer he mainly shot sporting events. However, that all changed one year when he went to shoot the London marathon;
I was in London to photograph the Marathon. On the day before the race I decided to try my hand at street photography. Naïvely I trained my long lens on a young homeless girl huddled in a sleeping bag across the street. She spotted me of course and started to shout grabbing the attention of passersby. Immediately embarrassed, every fiber was telling me to turn around and walk away. I didn’t. Instead choosing to walk over, apologise and strike up a conversation. She inadvertently redefined my approach and sharpened my focus to something much more intimate.
These days he spends time getting to know the people he photographs, getting under their skin, revealing something about their lives and using his work to highlight the plight of the homeless.