See Crouch End through the camera lens of homeless people staying at North London’s YMCA.

Residents will exhibit photographs at Crouch End Festival, which were taken during a series of workshops run by professionals and students of Ravensbourne College of Design.

The project was organised by social enterprise Accumul8, set up by local resident Marice Cumber who is a festival co-director.

Residents had to battle with backgrounds of poor mental health, substance dependency, histories of abuse and criminal behaviour but were encouraged to observe the world around them, outside the physical and sometimes mental constraints of the YMCA.

Jodie Leigh Clay, who has several pictures included in the show, now hopes to become a pet photographer.

She says: “I really like taking pictures of animals. My favourite photo, of the ones I’ve taken, is of the fishmongers in Crouch End.”

She adds: “I’m excited about the exhibition, I really want to know what people think of the pictures, but I’m really sad that the course is ending and that I’ve got to give my camera back. There’s not really much for me to do now.”

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