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