I first moved to Tower Hamlets in 1979 when I was seventeen. I've
lived elsewhere since. I have tried rural Cambridgeshire, monastic life
in France and Hell's Kitchen in New York, and at least a dozen places
in between. I enjoyed them all but time and time again I have returned
to Tower Hamlets.
I often ask myself why.
This evening I gained some insight.
An extraordinary exhibition of photographs by the likes of Andrew Grainger, Abdul Hamid, and several others, who were either not born or elsewhere when I arrived, has captured the spirit of this amazing place.
As Abdul Hamid says : "I like to draw links between words and pictures to create small stories that people can read into."
I urge you. Go see the pictures. Talk to the people who created them. And wherever you live, learn how to root yourself as they have done.