Ed Gold has had several series published by the BBC, but he can’t afford a home – so he sleeps outside as he travels the globe for his work

Ed Gold, a British photographer, is currently living in central Australia, in an Aboriginal community amid an expanse of heat-baked red earth and whirls of waving grass. But he is not spending much time photographing: instead he is keeping himself afloat by refueling cars and planes and working in a store.

Despite having had numerous series published by the BBC on subjects ranging from the Afghan war to a day in the life of a Polish nurse, Gold, 48, is homeless and, much of the time, penniless. He has lived on the streets while working on shoots in Alaska, Vancouver and Haida Gwaii, an archipelago off British Columbia. When he’s back in the UK, he sleeps in doorways or in tents pitched behind his motorbike. The brutal economic realities of photojournalism leave him “in a situation where I’m poverty-stricken, but I’m not going to give up”, he said by phone recently.

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