Careless Reality

Michael Stone

This is one third of the group show titled 3D - with fellow photographers Nick Ford and Rob Macdonald.

This project started with me sitting down to get to know some of the homeless people in Brighton. The conversations I had were genuinely interesting and often ended with laughter. ALL conversations opened my eyes into a world I have never been directly involved with myself. At the end of each conversation I offered these men a drink, some food and asked if they would mind if I took a photo.

It was heartbreaking finding out that I was the first person to have stopped to have a meaningful chat with the majority of these people. This series shows the contrast between those sleeping rough, being ignored, and barely getting by against the busy city.

I hope these photos change people's perspective and get people to make an active difference in their community when it comes to homelessness, and not shrugging it off. The people I connected with are real people, with real feelings and real needs - and they need to be treated this way.

Artist biography

I am a 21 year old photographer born and bred in Brighton. I've studied photography at both GCSE and ALevel and was taught by Rob Macdoanld, also exhibiting in the '3D' joint exhibition, at Varndean college.

I am currently the Studio Assistant at Nick Ford Photography (a studio based in central Brighton). Working with Nick has broadened my photography horizons as my main focus prior to working in a studio setting was landscape and documentary photography.


Nick Ford Photography
19 Oxford Street

2 September–30 October

Thursday 10:00–17:00
Friday 10:00–17:00
Saturday 10:00–17:00
Sunday 12:00–17:00