A picture can tell a thousand words and for artist Lisa Drew, the pictures and faces of the community at the Kings Crescent Estate in Hackney have come together to create one exciting exhibition.
Working in collaboration with Higgins Construction, local artist and photographer Lisa Drew took photographs of members of the community at Kings Crescent over a period of four months in 2016. The photos offer a snapshot of the people living on the estate and those involved in the regeneration as well as showcasing the variety of cultures, the sense of cohesion and the pride for this part of London.
Jeff Joseph, Community investment Manager for Higgins Construction explains, “We embarked on the project with Lisa last year and it has been a wonderful journey recording and capturing the essence of life on the Kings Crescent estate. The project culminated in a private event for residents at the Vince Murrain Community Centre where the portraits were each in turn unveiled to the audience.
“Lisa has done a fantastic job of capturing the people and explaining their journeys or the story behind each picture. We have had some lovely comments from residents and the project really demonstrates the community cohesion that is present at Kings Crescent. The power of photography is simply quite amazing.”
Lisa Drew comments, “I spent many months visiting the residents at the community centre at different events and photographing them. This has been my first commission since leaving university and I am so proud of it. The photographs work really well together and shows different aspects of the community and those that have helped through the redevelopment. It was amazing to see over 40 members of the community attend the event and the feedback has been immense. I was so pleased to finally be able to show residents their actual photographs and see the excitement in their faces.”
The Portraits of the Community will be on display at the Vince Murrain Community Centre at the Kings Crescent Estate.