Photographer's Note

Thought this was a touching photo as noticed this man standing on a street corner in the Highfields area of Leicester.

I felt it was a difficult place to take photos of people as many turned away from me and looked annoyed. I don't know if it was because alot of the muslim people walking past were worried about me taking their photos. However, this man didn't seem to mind. His spoken English wasn't brilliant but he told me he was from Iraq and had stayed here for 2 months. Not sure if he was an asylum-seeker. He mentioned that life in England was harsh but he was supposed to be going back to Iraq soon. He was so smiley and warm hearted and didn't mind the cold British weather at all.

It's strange to think that there are so many people with heart-rending stories so close to home. It made me think how lucky I am with my life and all the things I take for granted. At least I don't have to worry about where to live and where to get money from like this guy.

A little bit about Highfields itself - it's an area that has attracted many migrant communities including asians, afro-carribeans, somalians and polish with a recent influx of refugees and asylum-seekers. It's probably due to its relatively cheap housing and close proximity to the city centre. However, Highfields has had a notorious reputation particularly with prositution and drug-related crime but there have been recent initiatives to reducing these as well as promote community cohesion.

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Photo Information
  • Copyright: Trish Lam (MissTrish) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 35 W: 0 N: 47] (213)
  • Genre: Ludzie
  • Medium: Kolorowe
  • Date Taken: 2006-03-17
  • Categories: Życie codzienne
  • Naświetlenie: f/5.6, 1/125 sekund
  • Wersja zdjęcia: Oryginalna wersja
  • Date Submitted: 2006-03-17 14:47
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Points: 4
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