Lancashire

Homeless Blackburn teenagers show where they sleep

Young people left homeless are sharing their experiences using photographs which reflect their lives.

The exhibition, shot mostly by former homeless youngsters, has opened in Blackburn Cathedral and was commissioned by Nightsafe a cathedral-based charity which works with 16-to-24-year-olds.

A park bench was taken to various locations in Blackburn - which are central to the lives of the young people - before being used in several studio shots.

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Photographer Chris Lamble, who works for a charity called Alternative Futures Group, mentored the young people, saying they decided to use the park bench as a prop because sleeping on a bench was one of the stereotypes associated with homelessness.

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The locations included a shopping precinct where homeless people gather but also other venues such as Blackburn Rovers FC, where one of the young people said they had slept when homeless.

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Other locations were chosen because they were had a particular meaning to the young people.

The outdoor images depict an anonymous young person to reflect the way in which homeless youngsters are invisible to wider society, said Nightsafe.

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Danny, who featured in the outdoor shots, is a young person who was helped to turn his life around by the charity.

Images shot inside Mr Lamble's studio, he said, aimed to reflect the hopes and aspirations of the young people, who have either slept rough on the streets, in hostels or have been left "sofa surfing".

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In two weeks' time the exhibition will be on display in Liverpool Cathedral.

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