Meanwhile In East London is a collection of photographs taken in March 2017. The series follows the devastation effected by everyone living in Hackney, jobs being destroyed, businesses forced to close and look elsewhere. The portraits within this series reflect on the people effected. This was an area where the buildings revealed to me a situation under immense change. It was a pleasure to shoot this series which became a zine publication as the final outcome. For me the portraits made this project have so much more depth within the narrative itself. I felt it was important to understand the people who live, to hear their opinion which I included in text quotations along side the photographs.
Meanwhile In East London
“What used to be the local boozer in Hackney Wick, is now a colourful homage to street art. After the Lord Napier pub closed in 2016, it received a rather lively makeover. Running along the top of the building and summing up the street art culture of east London is commentary from artist Mobstr’s “Meanwhile In East London, Lunatics Decorate A Building…” - Get Some Kip, 2018
Many homes throughout Hackney Wick are rented from a social landlord or from the council, this has had significant pockets of poverty persist throughout the locality. However, through the Hackney Gazette, parts of the Wick is now beginning to undergo ‘rampant gentrification’ through the arrival of a creative community.
This project taken in March 2017, follows the devastation effected by certain individuals living in Hackney, jobs being destroyed, businesses forced to close and look elsewhere through developments for more housing. The portraits within this series reflect on the people effected. This was an area where the buildings revealed to me a situation under immense change. For me the portraits investigate into the lives of these individuals and how their lives have been changed. I felt it was important to understand the people who live around the area. These photographs document the surrounding areas which over time began to change greatly. The series includes quirky details within some of the photographs from objects I came across from observing this area, objects left and forgotten about. The project became a zine publication for the final presentation.
Alan - “I’ve been documenting Hackney Wick for 35 years. Over this time it has been transformed from accommodation to a pile of rubble. I have left my studio one week ago, with limited options for an alternative. It looks to be a construction site for a considerable amount of time.”
James - “I would travel by bicycle to visit Hackney Wick on numerous occasions to take photographs, I am an amateur artist, I wouldn’t class myself as a photographer. I hear that Hackney is changing massively, that will effect my professional career. Something has to change!.”