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De Beauvoir artist depicts east London culture ‘ignored’ by politicians

PUBLISHED: 17:00 09 May 2015

Annie McGill

Annie McGill

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An image maker is taking her inspiration from street markets to make artwork depicting a community and a lifestyle that she thinks politicians are ignoring.

Annie uses photos and street materials to make her imagesAnnie uses photos and street materials to make her images

Annie McGill, 21, who works from a studio in the Rose Lipman building, in De Beauvoir Road creates her images with materials she picks up on her travels around Hackney and photography.

She said: “I study fashion communications and I just started out photographing things that interested me. I took loads of pictures around Hackney and decided to stick things together to create images through my photography.

“I think a lot of people don’t have a positive outlook on these areas; they have such negative coverage in the media and I think it is important to show that it’s not like that - they can’t always be portrayed in a negative light. I am trying to celebrate a culture that is ignored

“I think it is giving the people a voice in a creative way and I feel that not many parties or politicians see the needs of these people and these areas, so I definitely feel that making these images and celebrating, gives them a voice that I want to be a positive thing.”

Miss McGill said she was most inspired by the streets around her studio and enjoyed photographing the people nearby.

She said: “I think the markets and the people working in the markets are really inspiring as you get such a good energy from there. It shows ‘proper’ London – it is an honest environment where the people are trying to go about their day, trying to make a living and making the most their situation.

“I take the pictures on my phone when I am walking around then I print them, chop them up and bring in materials from the market and screen print it all. They are really little basic things that I always see – like the blue plastic bags, burger boxes and other stuff I see on the street which I think brings it to life a bit more.”

The images will all go towards Miss McGill’s coursework and eventual graduate show which will take place in Shoreditch.

She said: “For this project we have to have a final piece and we are going to have a show so I want to do fly posters next and take pictures of them in the areas I have been inspired by.

“I think my work is thought provoking – I want to make people think and realise these areas aren’t everything you read about them – they are a beautiful thing, which makes London, London.”


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