In 2003 - 2004 I interviewed and photographed
people that have experienced displacement from their home country
and now live in the South West of England. These stories range from
a WWII Polish soldier escaping Nazi Germany, to the flight of modern
refugees from Kurdistan. During the interviews individuals related
their reasons for leaving, what their previous lives were like before
coming to the UK, and their hopes and plans for the future. With
these stories and the accompanying images I compiled a book entitled ‘Displaced’.
The primary purpose of this book was to educate others, and to promote
understanding and acceptance of different nationalities living in
the UK. At a time when large numbers of refugees were entering the
and tensions between certain communities were heightened as a result
of this influx, my intention was to somehow try, in a small way,
to bring some balance to the situation. The book came close to publication
by The British Refugee Council, but unfortunately never made it into
print due to funding cuts.
The following images are from that project
and, I believe, have as much relevance now as they did then.