Rosie Holtom's Portrait Series Depicts the Homeless in a New Light

 - Dec 5, 2013
References: rosieholtom & fastcodesign
Rosie Holtom's homeless photography makes one rethink a pervasive social problem. The black and white portrait series humanizes people who live on the streets and in homeless shelters and dispels many negative stereotypes. Just by looking at the pictures, it would be impossible to tell the subjects do not have a home to call their own.

The homeless photography showcases a variety of people of different ages with diverse ethnic backgrounds. The positive portrayals feature residents of a north London night shelter called Shelter From the Storm, where Holtom volunteers. The illustrator by day asked 13 people to dress as they would like to be seen for their portrait. Her work demonstrates the homeless are not all addicts, mentally ill, dangerous or bedraggled, contrary to what some people might think.