Q&A: My Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 17:00 20 April 2018

Press Association's chief politicial photographer Stefan Rousseau.

Press Association's chief politicial photographer Stefan Rousseau.


Award-winning photographer Stefan Rousseau has a debut exhibition of his pictures until April 22 at Eightyfour, Nightingale Lane, Wanstead

What is your connection with Redbridge?

I’ve lived in Wanstead since 1995. I always liked it but I decided to move here when I was already working as a photographer in London and I was covering the M11 link road, the new A12. There were lots of road protesters and being here for that story is when I realised what a nice place it was.

What’s the best thing about working or living in Redbridge?

I think what I like about it is that you’re still in London but you feel like you’ve left London. I spend my working days in amongst the traffic and pollution so it’s nice to get away from that, where it’s green. I like Epping Forest and we’re only a half an hour commute.

What one thing would you change about the borough?

We seem to have the busiest line in the world. The Central line is packed all the time so I’d like to do something about that, although I suppose it’s always packed because it’s such a residential area.

Use three words to describe the borough.

Green, diverse, welcoming.

Who is the most inspiring person you know?

Kevin Keegan, because he managed my team, Newcastle United. He was one of those people that always believed in hard work and that you can achieve great things just by working hard.

You don’t necessarily have to have great talent but as long you put in 100 per cent and commit you can achieve great things. He was also very passionate and wore his heart on his sleeve.

What new law would you introduce if you were prime minister?

I’d ban the what seems to be mandatory use of hi-vis jackets. Even bus drivers and driving instructors wear them these days, why?

If you go to Paris for example you don’t see people in hi-vis jackets anywhere because they just look ridiculous. Also, if everyone wears a hi-vis jacket then nobody stands out anymore.

If you were the editor of this paper, what issues in the borough would you focus on?

Housing, there never seems to be enough and house prices are going through the roof all over London and the Home Counties so no one can afford to live here. Unfortunately in Redbridge there’s a finite amount of space though. Also, we’ve just had parking restrictions introduced in Wanstead with years of none. Nobody in Wanstead has ever wanted them or thought we’ve needed them. There’s been a campaign to block them, including residents and local business but the council still introduced them.

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