The Hackney Marshes is a beautiful photographic journey through the wildness of an urban area of London: an explosion of nature in the heart of the city, where ancient trees and grasslands, are overlooked by tower blocks and pylons. Follow Freya’s journey through meadows and riverbanks, and abandoned infrastructure and football pitches. She documents the magic of these overgrown spaces, and the people who seek refuge there.
Hackney is a borough in East London, with a mostly young and multi-cultural population. It has an above-average rate of poor health (especially depression), which is why preserving the natural world in such areas is so important. Before it became a busy urban city suburb, it was covered with oak and hazel woods, with marshes and brooks surrounding the rivers.
About the Author
Freya Najade is a photographer who lives and works in London and Hamburg. Her work has been exhibited internationally. She holds a master’s degree with distinction in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from London College of Communication.