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Photographer captures her Dalston Street in coronavirus lockdown

PUBLISHED: 11:20 22 April 2020 | UPDATED: 09:49 23 April 2020

Romana, baby Leyla, Isaac and Ayten have lived on the street since 1977 and are originally from Kashmir - a region located in the  northwestern Indian subcontinent which is claimed by both India and Pakistan. Picture: Zoe Savitz

Romana, baby Leyla, Isaac and Ayten have lived on the street since 1977 and are originally from Kashmir - a region located in the northwestern Indian subcontinent which is claimed by both India and Pakistan. Picture: Zoe Savitz

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Whilst taking photos of her neighbours under lockdown a Dalston photographer has shown community can flourish despite social distancing restrictions.

Tracey has lived on the street for 5 years and is from Cheshire. Picture: Zoe SavitzTracey has lived on the street for 5 years and is from Cheshire. Picture: Zoe Savitz

Zoë Savitz spent around 20 minutes with each household on her street standing on the pavement and chatting at a distance before taking their photo.

She told the Gazette: “At a time where we can’t socialise with friends or see family, this project has helped to me connect with a new kind of community. Although I knew my direct neighbours, it ended there.”

Jonathan, baby Sara, Haru and Theo have lived on the street for 15 years. The family traces its mixed heritage to London and Japan. Picture: Zoe SavitzJonathan, baby Sara, Haru and Theo have lived on the street for 15 years. The family traces its mixed heritage to London and Japan. Picture: Zoe Savitz

The freelance photographer and graphic designer says since taking the portraits she now stops and chats more regularly with neighbours who, since seeing the photos, are more familiar with other members of their street as they can now recognise each other.

“It’s nice to have some positives to focus on. I’m very happy to be living on this street where it really feels like everyone has come together,” Zoe said.

Triplets Abigail, Amanda and Josephine are descendants of the Windrush Generation and have lived on the street for 22 years. Picture: Zoe SavitzTriplets Abigail, Amanda and Josephine are descendants of the Windrush Generation and have lived on the street for 22 years. Picture: Zoe Savitz

Like many streets in Hackney Zoe’s is filled with residents from diverse backgrounds. Some have lived in Hackney their whole lives whilst others have moved to the borough from places across the country and the world.

To see more of Zoe’s photography and graphic design follow her on instagram @zoesavitz or visit www.zoesavitz.com

Tobi has lived on the street for two years. Picture: Zoe SavitzTobi has lived on the street for two years. Picture: Zoe Savitz

Scroll down for the whole of Zoe’s collection.

Josie, Joao and Tiffany have lived on the street for five years now. The flatmates come from Reading, Brazil and Essex. Picture: Zoe SavitzJosie, Joao and Tiffany have lived on the street for five years now. The flatmates come from Reading, Brazil and Essex. Picture: Zoe Savitz

James and Ben have been in London for 10 years but only moved into the street three months ago. They moved to London from Cambridge and the Midlands. Picture: Zoe SavitzJames and Ben have been in London for 10 years but only moved into the street three months ago. They moved to London from Cambridge and the Midlands. Picture: Zoe Savitz

Dan, Lily, Harry and Caroline have lived on the Dalston Street for 20 years and moved there from Manchester and Bristol. Picture: Zoe SavitzDan, Lily, Harry and Caroline have lived on the Dalston Street for 20 years and moved there from Manchester and Bristol. Picture: Zoe Savitz

Sherief moved in to the street a month ago to live with his girlfriend for the lockdown. He is from London but lives in Manchester. Picture: Zoe SavitzSherief moved in to the street a month ago to live with his girlfriend for the lockdown. He is from London but lives in Manchester. Picture: Zoe Savitz

Ivy, Racheal, Neve, Gareth and Louis have lived on the street for 10 years and are from London. Picture: Zoe SavitzIvy, Racheal, Neve, Gareth and Louis have lived on the street for 10 years and are from London. Picture: Zoe Savitz

Kiran, Arvid, Nilesh, Jay and Rooma have lived on the street since 1972. They moved to Dalston from Mauritius. Picture: Zoe SavitzKiran, Arvid, Nilesh, Jay and Rooma have lived on the street since 1972. They moved to Dalston from Mauritius. Picture: Zoe Savitz

Patrik has lived on the street for one month. He moved from another street in the borough to spend the lockdown with his girlfriend. Picture: Zoe SavitzPatrik has lived on the street for one month. He moved from another street in the borough to spend the lockdown with his girlfriend. Picture: Zoe Savitz

Bilgin and Jens moved from Germany to Dalston and have lived on the street for two years. Picture: Zoe SavitzBilgin and Jens moved from Germany to Dalston and have lived on the street for two years. Picture: Zoe Savitz

Yoni has lived in Dalston for 3 years and moved to the UK from New York. Picture: Zoe SavitzYoni has lived in Dalston for 3 years and moved to the UK from New York. Picture: Zoe Savitz

Sophie is from Paris and Esther hails from Spain. They have both lived on the street for a year. Picture: Zoe SavitzSophie is from Paris and Esther hails from Spain. They have both lived on the street for a year. Picture: Zoe Savitz

Lucy has lived in Dalston for two months. She's from Manchester but has just returned from New York. Picture: Zoe SavitzLucy has lived in Dalston for two months. She's from Manchester but has just returned from New York. Picture: Zoe Savitz

Cristina, Elizabeth, Georgia and Emily come from Spain, Ireland and New Zealand and have lived in Dalston for two and a half years. Picture: Zoe SavitzCristina, Elizabeth, Georgia and Emily come from Spain, Ireland and New Zealand and have lived in Dalston for two and a half years. Picture: Zoe Savitz

Sibylle is from Switzerland and has lived on the street for three years. Picture: Zoe SavitzSibylle is from Switzerland and has lived on the street for three years. Picture: Zoe Savitz


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