A Portrait of Hackney Represents a Cultural Melting Pot

By: Vasiliki Marapas - Aug 20, 2014
References: zednelson & featureshoot
For his latest project, 'A Portrait of Hackney,' Zed Nelson examines the gentrification of one of London's poorest boroughs.

The attempts to refurbish the community have attracted an assortment of well-to-do hipsters who have nothing almost in common with the underprivileged youths that have called Hackney "home" their entire lives. Nelson's series attempts to illuminate the juxtapositions of "wealth and poverty, aspiration and hopelessness" within the now-shared space. Ultimately, the ongoing project seeks to examine and reflect on the brewing tensions underneath this clash of culture and identity.

A Portrait of Hackney shows the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to gentrification, as well as the people and who are forced to co-exist because of it.