Oxford homeless art exhibition showcases life in city
Photographs taken by homeless people in Oxford are being exhibited to dispel myths surrounding homelessness.
Residents of Homeless Oxfordshire's 56-bed O'Hanlon House hostel and community housing projects were given disposable cameras to capture what life looks like as a homeless person in the county.
More than 280 photographs were taken by 10 homeless people over two months.
One of the artists, who wishes to remain anonymous, said his photos show "sad but real life issues" in Oxford.
"From my own experience of being on the streets, you feel that you are not living but only existing," he added.
"Behind Oxford's historical town and day-to-day life is a dark, depressing problem of men and women who live on the streets."
'Homelessness shatters confidence'
Residents of the hostel went out with support workers to take pictures.
Those living in Homeless Oxfordshire's community housing projects kept the disposable cameras for up to a week.
A spokeswoman for Homeless Oxfordshire said: "Stereotypes and stigma surrounding homelessness dehumanise people who are living a personal crisis every day.
"Homelessness shatters confidence. Below the Spires has been an opportunity for our clients to express themselves creatively and, for some, a chance to build their confidence out in the city again."
The exhibition runs until 24 February at The Jam Factory.