It was on a trip to Copenhagen in April 2019 that I saw a press photo exhibition showcasing the lives of people in detention. The state didn’t know what to do with them and they were stuck in an endless cycle of bureaucracy. What also really stuck with me was some children had been almost entirely brought up in detention.
On returning to the UK I was compelled to learn more about what the situation was like here. You see headlines, but behind the headlines the people are all individuals, all with a story and none just a statistic. Even less known about are the selfless people working tirelessly with these individuals to help them through this dire situation; a voice for those whose voices are not heard.
I ended up working with Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group (GDWG) shooting portraits and hearing the stories of working with people in detention. The stories varied enormously but the underlying theme was human kindness, a willingness to try and do good in an environment where it is far from easy and really seeing the person they are trying to help.