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Eva Ágústsdóttir

Photographer: Tom Hunter

I took this photograph of Eva in London Fields, Hackney. It's always been central to my life whether hanging out with friends, playing football, going to squat parties in the abandoned lido and now taking my kids to the playgrounds and the splash pool.

It feels like I know every tree here, from the Turkey Oaks, which have been planted over the now demolished bandstand, to the spot where the last of the Elm trees stood. London Fields made its mark in the 17th & 18th centuries as a centre of exotics with botanical gardens and an arboretum growing plants from all over the world.

Similarly, London, and especially the East End, has always been a magnet for different nationalities and become the place where their lives have grown and flourished. It seemed natural to show Eva, my friend from Iceland, who ended up growing in London, placed in these fields under the twisting spiralling fingers of the huge London plane tree, which is another European import, adopted and renamed as London's own.

I took this image with a large format pinhole camera which a friend of mine made from a recycled hardwood tree. There is no shutter or lens just a pinhole and my glove to open and shut out the light. The icing on the cake came when the snow arrived turning my English garden into an Icelandic wonderland where Eva almost melted into her natural habitat.

by Tom Hunter, photographer

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