Peter Wilbourne
designer / photographer / film maker

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Save Lea Marshes photo competition

I moved to Walthamstow last year, here are some things I have noticed about 'The Stow':

• It is an enclave of London where things like garages, front/back gardens and parking spaces are the norm not the exception

• it's the last place to still have second-hand hi-fi shops

• tarmac is optional on many roads

• it is the next stop out for the Hackney dwellers who have had a kid and need more space

• they are bringing the house prices up (bad), but have also brought sushi delivery (good), so the jury's out on them at the moment

• best of all for me, it is separated from the joys of Clapton and Tottenham by a bloody big wedge of greenness called the Lee Valley.

It's different from other green spaces in London that I have visited, a mixture of wetlands, marshes, canals, industry, reservoirs, parks and an ice rink. I have to cycle across it on my commute to work, it makes for a tranquil start and end to my journey, just as long as you don't swallow any flies in the early evening sun.

I took a photo of the marshes one frosty morning in January, posted it on the Awesomestow facebook group. One of the members suggested I enter it into the Save Lea Marshes photo competition, so I did, and I was one of the 12 winners.

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The photos will be displayed as part of the exhibition which starts on 4th April at the Waterworks Centre, Leyton, E10 7QB. It's open from 10am-4pm Friday-Sunday.

Local photographer Mark Burden (@mrmarcburdenhas taken portraits of the winners, I can't wait to see them. He used a Hasselblad, I was a bit jealous.

Ta ta for now.