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002/2008: East London Faces
Summary: Impressionistic Sketches Made of People as Seen From Buses To & From Dalston and Shoreditch

Description: This is an exercise in which I make frightfully impressionistic 5-second-sketches of the faces of passerbys while commuting to and from work. It all began when I realised that caucasian and african face shapes were completely alien to me (unlike asian/chinese faces to whom I could always relate to other asian faces which I had seen before). When I first arrived in London and met all sorts of new people, I could not relate faces to any of the faces I'd previously seen, so I had little to remember people's faces initially. I decided to create a bank of faces so as to rectify this particular blindness, as making the little sketches would provide a sort of handle for recalling faces.

Patterns also emerged after a while. I noticed that during the morning hours of 9am to 10am, there were more females on the street along Kingsland Road, while during the evening hours of 6pm to 7pm, there were significantly more males wandering the streets.

Most of the sketches were made along Kingsland Road, from Dalston to Shoreditch or vice versa. A few were made on buses around Whitechapel and other parts of Hackney (which in itself is in particular very multicultural - with large carribean, turkish, vietnamese and indian communities, amongst many others)








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