The Voices series started back in 2014 when the homelessness crisis started togather momentum in the city centre of Manchester. A small group of the community took to the streets to raise awareness with whatever they had which resulted in squatting buildings and hanging banners from the walls. As time progressed so did the number of social movements forming and taking to the streets. From Stop The War Movement to the Extinction Rebellion, protests could be seen on a regular basis.
Some social movements grew from just a couple of people to over ten thousand people attending the protests. This trend was seen not just within the United Kingdom but also globally where political unrest was growing due to the lack of confidence with governments. Over the years many single images stood out from the various protests, resulting in the creation of the Voices series.
The Voices series is a platform dedicated to representing the single act of resistance that individuals and groups believe so strongly about they are willing to take to the streets to raise awareness for the cause. They say history repeats itself and looking back to The Peasants Revolt in 1381 or more recently with The Poll Tax riots you realise how much truth there is in that statement.
Protests have been seen since the dawn of time and documented visually ever since the birth of photography. Personally, I have seen an increase in resistance on the streets, not just from the traditional left and right, but internally, divisions are forming or merging, creating a melting pot of frustration aimed at the failing system.