(12/12) Photo @johnniecraw
All the subjects I find in and around Queen Street, #Auckland City's main street.
The meetings are all spontaneous. The majority I take to a darkish seedy lane half a block from the main street where I photograph them against the same age patterned wall. I never add any light, just use the very top heavy available down light, which accentuates their gritty character. In some cases, I ask if they can strip down to the waist to expose their tattoos. After the shoot, I spend up to 30
minutes talking and getting background stories. Some have chequered pasts, some have spent time in prison, many have Gang backgrounds, all are vulnerable.
Each has a story to tell, most people don't take the time to stop and talk these pour souls. Their story is equally as important as the photographs I capture.
I'm compiling an ongoing series of photographs to highlight the problem in Auckland City, where numbers of homeless on the streets is doubling every 12 months. It's a tragedy.
These images are from my iPhone 6. I shoot on the phone because it is less intrusive. I shoot only in Hipstamatic, and process using Snapseed.
John Crawford @johnniecraw