Of Bums & Billionaires by Alex Metcalfe

The Homeless Musician

Lars, a homeless Lithuanian migrant, plays the recorder for people on Oxford Street, but no one wants to listen. To be honest, he isn’t very good. There are a few pennies, cents and other pieces of shrapnel in his plastic fruit punnet. But, the performance is a ruse. He likes to people watch.

“London is a city of bums and billionaires,” he told me as we sat with our backs to the cold concrete of Oxford Street.

“She doesn’t take kindly to homeless, especially in winter.”

Being a bit of a bum himself he moves around the city a lot, he has his favourite spots; Parliament Square, Trafalgar, by the lock in Camden.

The problem is he says, “I just can’t settle down.”

London, England. September 2015

The Lamps of Buddha by Alex Metcalfe

The Lanterns of Buddha

Colourful lotus lanterns adorn the streets and temples of Seoul, South Korea in celebration of the Buddha's Birthday, known as "Bucheonim osin nai"- the day when the Buddha came. 

On the day many temples provide free meals to all visitors. The breakfast and lunch provided are often sanchea bibimbap; a bowl of warm rice and gochujang (chili pepper paste).

Seoul, South Korea. 2012