Infrared Portraits Of Europe’s Homeless People During Winter
These infrared portraits of Europe’s homeless people during winter time show us just how life is like for the less fortunate. Living on the streets is never easy, and when winter comes, life suddenly gets a whole lot more difficult.
‘Traces of Warmth’ is a photo series project created by photographer Grey Hutton. He is based in both London and Berlin and he decided to take his camera to the streets and photograph Europe’s homeless people who live in the two capital cities.
The series acts as a photo documentary that wants to show just how difficult life can be for some people and how they still manage to make it work. Even though Europe is considered the number 1 place for living in the world, there is always an unseen side to everything.
“I wanted to get closer to these marginalized members of our society and, through their stories and my pictures, offer a new perspective on the realities of living on the streets in the unforgiving environments of Europe’s two largest economies,” Grey Hutton says.
“Using a state-of-the-art infrared camera that records human body temperature, I set out to create intimate and vivid images of those I met in their surroundings, illuminating the extremity of their living conditions in a way that the human eye cannot see.”
“It is my hope that by adding a new perspective to this growing problem, these images will act as a vivid reminder to some of our cities greatest failings, and perhaps encourage us to show a little more warmth to those members of our communities that are all-too-often overlooked,” he added.
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A large 🐀 runs past a make-shift homeless camp at Ostbahnhof. There are many detrimental health effects directly linked to living on the street, and rats can pose a serious threat. Their bites, urine and faeces carry harmful bacteria such as E. coli and leptospirosis, and they are often found living in close proximity to makeshift camps. This previously unpublished image from #tracesofwarmth is now online with many others on @petapixel! #homeless #homelessness #berlin #rat #petapixel
Excited to see 4 of my pictures from #tracesofwarmth printed in @nzz Foto-Tableau section. Thanks so much @gillessteinmann for the feature 🙏 Link in bio! In this picture a young man has fallen asleep with his head in his lap inside a McDonalds restaurant, probably after smoking Spice with his friends outside. Spice is a synthetic cannabinoid and it’s effects are unpredictable, often causing convulsions, acute psychosis, even heart attacks. The group I spoke to smoking it just before this picture was taken described it as “the new heroin” due to its popularity among people living on the street.