East London Portfolio: Invasion of the Monoliths

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“In the terraces of two-up two-downs, people could talk over the garden fence but in the towers they became strangers to each other. The culture of how they lived was taken away from them, and I knew a lot of people that got fucked up by it.” John told me, still angry about the wilful destruction of communities enacted in the name of social progress. “It was a cheap shot. People were making a fortune out of putting up crap.” he revealed in contempt, “I don’t think anyone has the right to destroy other people’s lives in that way and tie it up with a silk ribbon.”

Excerpt taken from an interview with gentle author, Spitalfields Life, who first published these photographs.
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Three Steps to Heaven.

Lift to the Scaffold.

High Wall.

Undercurrent.

Odds Against Tomorrow.
“There were still a few people left in this derelict terrace because they
didn’t want to move out, but the odds were against them.”

House of Cards - “When a gas stove blew up and part of Ronan Point collapsed,
my father, who was a qualified engineer, went to check it out – there were
bolts missing and it had been constructed on the cheap.”

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