Take a camera to make your mark on Hackney

Poverty: cycling scrapdealer in Dalston Lane London E8 050314 © DavidAltheer@gmail.com
Sacha Kenyon: supplied pic
Sacha Kenyon: focusing on Hackney (supplied pic)

FILM-MAKER Sacha Kenyon wants to lend you a small movie camera, see what you come up with and edit it into a documentary.

He will show people from different sides of society how to use GoPro cameras, put to them questions about the world, then ask them to reply in video form.

The 26-year-old Claptonian says: “It’s an exciting technique because it’s real and direct.

“I came across it when working with substance abusers in Sydney in 2010 and developed it while living as a traditional warrior with the Samburu people in Kenya in 2011. I’m focusing on Hackney because it’s my home, super vibrant and because of the crazy astronomical change happening to our communities here.

“There are a lot of people who work hard, and who don’t necessarily see all the change as a benefit to them and their families, friends, and way of life.”

With the help of a collective calling itself Musmar, Meritocracy, says the 26-year-old Kenyon, will be about inequality and modern life in London.

He plans to film this summer and intends to pay participants for their part in the “low-cost, high- impact production”, financing it personally if necessary.

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* Main picture: a scrap-collector passes high-priced Georgian houses in property hotspot Dalston. Some people will try anything to make enough money to survive in Hackney

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