Every Thursdays, I drop a video on youtube where I’m sharing the street photography experience one shot at a time.
I went to Stamford Hill in Hackney which is home to the largest Hasidic Jewish community in Europe.
It is definitely a change of scene and it almost feels like we either travel in another country or even through time.
Since this is a very private community, my spider senses were heightened to make sure that I was not invading and remain respectful as I usually do.
I have seen quite a few men who maybe were coming from or on their way to a Synagogue since they were holding some kind of cushions which I guess was for praying.
After some googling it seems that those were maybe Tallit bags with embroidery, not sure.
When trying to interact and ask about the bags/cushions, men always reacted suspiciously and were not willing to chat.
Being aware of the context and history of the Jewish community, I just kept a low profile and focused on capturing worthy images.
There’s a good atmosphere and as in other London areas, businesses are catering for the specific communities there are servicing.
Obviously the Hasidic Jewish community is very visible with youths as well as elders wearing similar attires.
I could also notice private schools and other social establishments dedicated to the community.
Although the Hasidic community is very concentrated in Stamford Hill, other ethnicities are sharing the space like any other part of London. Blacks, British whites or Asians can be seen doing their thing as it is common place in most London areas.
This was not my first time photographing in Stamford Hill and it won’t be the last, it is always an interesting location photography wise with a great display of diversity in the City.
You can watch the full (edited) video on my youtube channel and as usual, give it a play. Like and subscribe to show some love!