In the photo called ‘The Grip of Addiction’ a desperate man is pictured scooping cigarette butts out of a public ashtray – Leanne says he moved from bin to bin to take what he could. This image (TR) is called ‘Last Man Standing’ and shows an apparently homeless man propping himself up as he tries to stay awake . ‘Laid to rest’ (BR) shows a homeless man resting on his worldly possessions on the streets of Glasgow . In a ‘Busker’s life’ a bin-dipping guitarist props a chair up against a wheelie bin as he forages for food or material . In Leanne’s ‘How they roll’ two men are seen rolling their own cigarettes outside a KFC . A homeless man sits on the cold pavement with no shoes on and his hoody pulled over his knees as people stroll by and Leanne called this one ‘Glamour Contrast’ and said: “I just loved the contrast of this young woman and the homeless man behind’
DIVIDED BRITAIN Captivating black-and-white photographs offer insight into life of those living on the street as report finds 7 million live in poverty despite being from working families
STARK photos have captured life for the homeless on the cold streets of Glasgow as people sleep in doorways and beg outside banks as winter bites, The Sun reports. Photographer Leanne Boulton has shown the homeless caving into addiction by scraping tobacco from public ashtrays, raiding bins to find either food or materials, and sleeping rough with all their worldly possessions.
Boulton’s powerful work has come after it emerged 7million Brits are now living in poverty despite being from working families. The study from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation found that 21% of the UK population are now classified as poor.
The figure has been roughly the same for the last decade, but 55% of those in poverty are now in working households – a record high. Leanne’s photography captures the daily challenges for people in Scotland’s most populated city.
She said: “There has been a massive rise in begging on the streets of Glasgow over the past few years. “While there are many genuinely homeless people there is also a gang culture at work too.”