Humanitarian Crisis

Photojournalism isn’t my calling I’m more at home in my studio, embarking on a personal project Calais the jungle refugee camp photography became secondary. When it comes to personal work there’s times you just have to experience and understand other aspects of photography and what my fellow collegues endue for the news and public at large.

Calais the jungle refugee camp photography

Embarking on a journey with my fellow photographer Chris Sweeney we set off to Calais, it was a cold wet December evening in Glasgow as we boarded the overnight coach to London before continuing over the channel to Calais. We  were on the road for three days these are a few of my images from the project. I will no doubt add more and write more about the trip in future blogs.

The camp and its people during the long cold dark nights

The start of the grenade launch on the camp residents

Calais the jungle refugee camp photography

The lorries that navigate the refugees on a daily basis

Calais the jungle refugee camp photography

Refugees return to the camp in the darkness over looked by the French police

Calais the jungle refugee camp photography

The edge of the camp is littered with make shift shelters homes to those who live there

Day break at the Jungle camp

It’s very quiet after what seemed like a war zone which it wasn’t but the appearance of the night sky drama would have indicated a battle took place when it never did.

Underpass of the ferry terminal approach road where the make shift shelters litter the ground

The refugees media outlet on the bare concrete walls

Messages and protests

The remnants of the French police CS gas grenade attack of the night litter the ground.

Life in the camp

The community restaurants in the jungle camp

The morning queue

The baker works to provide fresh breads for the camp

Fire wood is dropped off at the camp

Construction is a daily task rebuilding homes

From restaurants to schools the makeshift buildings are the centre of the refugee community

Where everyone is welcome

The convenience shop

One of the places of worship in the camp

Art in the village

The housing crisis

These tents may look abandoned but there are families in these

 

Rising water that stinks

Silent protests and messages of hope

Let’s go England

Messages of hope

It is cold in France

Amenities and sanitation

Portable toilets in the camp

Washing facilities at the communal water station

The neighbours who live with the camp

The neighbours have rights as well, its not a one sided story, protecting their property is their right

Living next to a chemical plant