Lea Marshes go in the picture for NE London

Big Sky Over Ice © Rebecca McLaren

LEA MARSHES, that wonderful wilderness on the border of Hackney, is celebrated in a photographic competition soon to tour northeast London.

Voted best of the entries is Big Sky Over Ice, by Rebecca McLaren, above. Organised by Save Lea Marshes (SLM), the contest asked professional or amateur photographers to picture the theme “What I love about the marshes”.

Abigail Woodman, of SLM, says: “We wish to celebrate this amazing green open space, which spans Waltham Forest and Hackney.”

The marshes were not only an important wildlife habitat, they were also a wonderful place for people to relax in, “walk their dogs, exercise and spend leisure time with their families”.

Professional photographer Stephen Cotterell comments: “Rebecca McLaren’s photograph of Lea Marshes presents a beautifully lit ‘rural’ scene that the casual viewer would never realise nestles in one of the world’s most urban environments. McLaren has found true beauty in northeast London. I wish I were there.

“Kriss Lee saw a bike, apparently leaning against a train. Many people might have simply quickly snapped this with their phone.

“Lee clearly demonstrates how to ‘see’ the photograph. His picture includes eye-pleasing leading lines, strong compositional elements and good exposure of a difficult-to-photograph snow scene. Who wouldn’t be proud to create this photograph?”

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* The Save Lea Marshes exhibition will run at the Waterworks Centre, Lammas Road, Lammas Road E10 7QB, from Wed 2-Wed 30 April 2014. In June it will go move to the Black Cat Café, (the defunct Pogo), 76 Clarence Road E5 8HB, and later to the Eastern Curve Garden, 13 Dalston Lane E8 3DF, then the Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road, Waltham Forest E17 9NH. Photographs by the winner and the 11 runners-up will be published as a 2015 calendar.

* Copyright in the two photographs on this page is, of course, held by the photographers.

© Kriss Lee
Calendar star for 2015: “That Bike”, by photographer Kriss Lee, of Hackney
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