the photos are very impressive, but too artificial.

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Amateur photographer Lee Jeffries was in London four years ago to run the annual marathon. While walking around Leicester Square the day before the race, he snapped a photo of a homeless girl across the street.

She noticed him taking her picture and yelled at him for being intrusive.

“I could have just left and walked away, but I actually went and talked to her and heard her story,” Jeffries says. She was an 18-year-old drug addict and both of her parents had died. “That changed my focus on photography, and that’s where it all started.”

Since then, he has captured intimate portraits of dozens of homeless people around Europe and the United States. What started as a hobby for the Manchester-based accountant has turned into a “personal crusade.”

“Obviously I don’t photograph every homeless person I see,” Jeffries says. “I have to recognize something in the subject. I can’t…

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About Yoshi Maeyama

Devotee of an anthropologist, S.Ann Dunham, translated her dissertation book "Surviving against the Odds - Village Industry in Indonesia" into Japanese. Graduate student in Gadjah Mada University.
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