Broken / by James Ratchford

Margate in Kent has one of England’s lowest unemployment rates and beneath the surface of the sunny, sandy beach and pretty old quarter it doesn’t take much to see the hardship. On the other side of these broken windows, is an attractive Victorian Shelter on the seafront where several homeless people were wrapped in blankets, trying to keep themselves warm. I wanted to capture the essence of the town in an image, a mixture of struggle and natural beauty. I have changed the photograph to black and white and brought out the contrast to emphasise the cracks in the windows.