‘Waterloo’ is a personal photographic project that focuses on the people who live or work in the area of Waterloo housing estate.
The residents are feeling fearful and uncertain as redevelopment plans for the area progress, displacing 4,500 families, elderly, disabled and low income people.
In this project I am making family photos and portraits that show the residents in their “here and now”. Alongside the photos you can read about the people and their hopes, fears and thoughts about life in Waterloo. After taking their photo, I return with a print for them, as I want to give back to the community.
This gesture has opened doors and enabled me to bond with people, who now accept me – the privileged, middle class white lady- photographing them in their homes and hood.
At the moment, I am working together with an organization called WeLiveHere2017, who are producing a documentary film about the Waterloo housing estate and working on a community lighting project in the area. I am producing images for their social media platforms for 3 months. After that a different photographer will continue whilst I continue working on my own personal project, which will be visible on my website. Longterm, I am hoping to collaborate with the community to create a book and exhibition.
Images from the project can be found on Instagram @welivehere2017 and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/welivehere2017/