(Pre)Olympic Landscapes

Commissioned by the Hackney Museum as a part of the Mapping the Change project, this work look at an area in transformation for the 2012 Olympics. Hackney is one of the 4 boroughs in London that hosted the Olympic Games. I wasn't given a detailed brief, they were looking to document the Olympic construction area and the images I would produce would be part of the Museum archive. That fullfilled me with certain pride because I was a Hackney resident and somehow was a nice way to establish a relationship with a place I don't belong to.

I soaked the place, studied the work of some local photographers and read literature about Hackney. I realized that some of the odd and fascinating legacy of Hackney Wick was fading in front of my very eyes and that I was too late to record it.

Then I looked for images that could explain the transitional and ephemeral nature of that place. I also tried to capture the detached nostalgia.

This work is in progress.

Read an interview about this project on Contact Editions

Read more about the project on 2012pics

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