Over 350,000 people received three days’ emergency food from Trussell Trust foodbanks between April and September 2013, triple the numbers helped in the same period the previous year. The Trussell Trust says that UK food poverty is getting worse and the charity is calling for an inquiry into its causes and the consequent surge in foodbank usage.
My project ‘Food Bank Britain’ takes a look inside the third largest Trussell Trust foodbank in the UK and explores the lives of three of its beneficiaries. John, Denise and Gavin. They are an illustration of the growing number of individuals and families who are now relying on foodbanks. Britain’s hidden hunger is difficult to spot and often hard to understand. Difficult to spot due to the ‘visual’ of poverty in this country, and hard to understand because we have a welfare state which is supposed to support those on the margins of society.
I am a Brighton based documentary photographer and began photographing professionally over 15 years ago, having previously used photography as a tool in my fine art work. I love the immediacy of photography and took an HND in photomedia in the mid 90’s to further develop my appreciation of photography as an art form, That academic journey continued throughout my career culminating in my receiving an MA in Documentary Photography and Photojournalism from the LCC last year.
My ethos, taken from my fine art background, is to compose through the lens, using available light, recreating what is in front of me as closely and as ascetically as possible. With my passion for humanitarian and human-interest issues I aim to produce work as a sensitive observer, as with my recent body of work, ‘Food bank Britain’. This project documents the daily struggle of ordinary folk caught in the vicious cycle of food poverty in Britain through the eyes of beneficiaries and foodbank volunteers. Britain’s hidden hunger is difficult to spot and often hard to understand. Difficult to spot due to the ‘visual’ of poverty in this country, and hard to understand because we have a welfare state which is supposed to support those on the margins of society.
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