Since November 2015 I’ve been photographing volunteers and volunteering myself in the Calais Jungle refugee camp, old camp and new camp near Dunkirk. This photo documentary is a snippet of the harsh winter in the refugee camps and the tireless work of the Hummingbird Project volunteers, a Brighton led community group started by Elaine Ortiz.
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I am most thankful to one of my favourite musicians Fantastic Negrito for the permission to rewrite his Lost in a Crowd song and adapt it for the documentary. Also very proud of my friends and Brighton musicians Matt & Andy of CMD/Ctrl and Sharon Lewis for giving their time and talent and recording the song.
Adapted lyrics below. See original lyrics here.
Hmmmmm Hmmmm Keep On HummingLost in a crowdYou feel your thoughts out loudLost in the wilderness of the campGet through the day, don’t drownMud to your knees, hope is goneFeeling so lost(Come on, grieve, move on)Stuck in the shadows of a lifeThat you tried to leave behindHmmmmm Hmmmm Keep On HummingAnd we’re humming, lord we’re hummingFor tomorrowNeither one of us, no neither one of usWants the sorrow‘Cause we’re peopleThe same peopleYou and I.
Just like all Hummingbirds, I will continue to #BeInTheirShoes and #KeepOnHumming.