Gentrification Up North

‘Gentrification Up North’ is a project which was featured in the New Documents Photography Exhibition in February 2018. This project documented the fast and ever-changing northern English cities, which are becoming increasingly accommodating for the middle class. This makes living in the city financially challenging for the lower class as prices rise because shops and accommodation become more luxurious, consequently causing prices within cities to rise. This can cause people to live on the streets as they have no other option. Homelessness is already a major problem in the North as there’s currently around 5,000 people living without shelter, and gentrification reduces the amount of hopeful opportunity. My aim was to photograph the changes within these cities and make people aware of these issues which typically go unaddressed.