Creating Hackney as Home

Creating Hackney as Home:
Five reflections on a London borough


Michael's photos

As part of my research about changes in Hackney I took a series of photos with my Flipcam in the area where I live. This is my neighbourhood...

On the fieldtrip [hyperlink] we talked a lot about different perspectives, whether thats looking at London or each other, in different ways. We looked at the views from Parliament Hill and then went to Camden Market, and thought about how these places contrasted with Hackney. These are Michael's images and reflections from the day: "The fieldtrip helped me to get a better understanding of different people, different cultures, and stuff like that, that I haven’t really been around…. And going to Camden and stuff like that… although I’d been there before, it’s like I’m out of my comfort zone in a way… the punk community, and stuff like that, seeing how they dress… And before we went there I actually said that we were gonna be like odd and stand out cause the way we dress is different from the way they dress so yeah, I thought that they would look at us in different ways… So being in that situation… shows me what people think of us, how we dress, how we react to things, our culture and stuff like that."

Today I selected the footage to use in my film Home Team. I used material that we recorded on the DV recorder during the training session, plus some bits from my flipcam video diary too. I recorded my voice-over by just responding to the footage. I started by describing what was happening, then explaining how this sort of team bonding makes me feel like I belong to something bigger, rather than just being myself.

Today I did the DV filming for my movie 'Home Team'. I recorded one of the training sessions for my basketbal team called the Hackney Jedis. We did some practice games and then some exercises. Coach Perry worked us really hard, and he picked on my to do extra cos he knew I was being filmed! At the end we did some interviews with my team mates and with Coach Perry. It was a good session.

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