I started my walk along the canal with this shot from the bridge to the Marshes, looking back at the Millfields power station you can just see in the background. This view has not changed at all in the 30 or so years that I have lived in Hackney. Perhaps the boats are in slightly better condition but essentially this could have been taken at any time and nothing really has changed.
My next shot was taken with the lens thrown quite wide open at F2, and I have to say that I do like the dreamy effect the lens gives at this aperture. The building in the centre background is a modern block of flats which replaced an old, iconic view of Hackney, the Matchbox toy factory.
The architecture of the new block is impressive in its way, and stands in contrast to many of the new, faceless blocks that are going up in Hackney Wick.
A picture of the old factory and a potted history can be found in the Hackney Citizen, here: Hackney Citizen: Matchbox Factory
Moving briskly on, we get to the next bridge, which is significant for me because of its stairs. You may see stairs and passages feature heavily in my photography as I like the sense of movement that they portray. I tried converting this into black and white, but the part of the frame which shows the canal appeared too flat in monochrome, and a little colour brought it to life. What do you think?
The next stage of the walk really sums up the changes in Hackney now. The old give way to the new, but the old hangs on in the form of grafitti and street art. The canal branches to the right towards Victoria Park and straigth ahead lies the new Olympic Stadium, now home to West Ham football club. New of course means dating back to 2012, so hardly new. The picture below represents the old Hackney, small estates with parking, while the new will be much bigger apartment blocks. Often one of the planning conditions imposed on the granting of planning permission is a prohibition against new owners having their own cars. Instead owners are encouraged to use car sharing clubs.
The graffitti or street art really kicks in from here, particularly on bridges which offer a wide canvas