What would the Covid-19 Pandemic have been like if you had no home?
Out of Home is a photographic exhibition, a book, and a collection of limited edition photographic prints, telling precisely that story from the perspective of six people – Carly, Darren, Kelly, Craig, Joe, and Andre – five of whom lived through the pandemic without a home; one of whom died during the pandemic without her own home.
During a time when the rest of us were told to ‘stay at home’, lockdowns presented unique challenges for homeless people.
- Even if selling The Big Issue was allowed, few regular customers were on the streets.
- Even if a stranger wanted to give you £5, there were very few strangers on the streets. Central London footfall dropped by 97% at some points.
- And even if you had money, particularly in Central London, there were few places to spend it, and often only in shops where costs were higher.
With the absence of funds needed for day-to-day life, over lockdown, Dan Barker & Lucy Wood paid several homeless people to take photographs each day, using disposable cameras.
The project resulted in hundreds of completed cameras, and many thousands of photographs. Some photographers took photos every day, some took just a single camera, some drifted in and out. The result is a collection of photos with a unique perspective, on a unique time in the world, from a unique group of people.
An exhibition of photographs selected from the thousands created as part of Out of Home will be displayed, free of charge, at St Martin-in-the-Fields, immediately beside Trafalgar Square. The exhibition will be on ‘the fifth plinth’ – in the Courtyard at St Martin’s – an outdoor area, with its own cafe, easily accessible without needing to step indoors.
The exhibition runs from April 22nd 2021 through the summer.
A limited set of 65-page books, featuring photographs from Carly, Darren, Andre, Kelly, Craig, and Joe, will be available from April 22nd 2021. The book is designed by Ben Weaver, art director of The Wire magazine, with Ben Greehy. It is published in limited numbers by Dan Barker, and all profits go to the photographers, with a proportion to St Martin-in-the-Fields.
A limited selection of photographic prints will be available, from April 22nd, the launch date of the exhibition. These will each be numbered with certificates, and profits from any sales will go to the photographers, with a proportion to St Martin-in-the-Fields.
All are professionally C-Type printed, using Fuji Matt photographic paper, with a 2 inch border. Each comes with a numbered certificate of authenticity.
If you are interested in prints, I would recommend leaving your details below as there will be numbered limited editions of a fixed quantity.