Q&A: My Redbridge - former photographer Geoff Wilkinson

PUBLISHED: 17:00 13 July 2018


This week former press photographer Geoff Wilkinson, who owns gallery EightyFour in Wanstead, shares his views of the borough

What is your connection to Redbridge?

Well I live in Wanstead and I have also got my photography gallery EightyFour, in Nightingale Lane, in Wanstead as well. We’ve been here for more than 25 years.

What do you like most about working or living in the borough?

It has got the most fantastic transport links – it’s really, really easy to get to central London but also easy to get out on the M11 and the M25. It’s so easy to get up to different parts of the country and to trade shows.

I also love that there is loads of greenery – a lot of park land and green spaces. Considering we are in London, it has got a real lovely sense of fresh air.

What one thing would you change about the borough?

That is a tough one. It is a pretty good borough really.

I would like to see homelessness tackled more. There seems to be a bit of an upsurge in rough sleeping.

Describe the borough using three words.

Friendly. Green. Tolerant.

Who is the most inspiring person you know?

My wife and daughter are probably the most inspiring people I know. They allow me to pursue my passion for photography.

They put up with me going away a lot and travelling all over the world.

They have just been really good.

If you were prime minister, what law would you introduce?

I think probably I would clamp down a lot on litter.

I would impose tougher laws on litter and people being thoughtless and leaving rubbish.

If you were editor of the paper, which issues would you focus on?

I would devote more space to the arts because that is something that brings everybody together and it is something that most people can tackle – whether it’s photography or painting or drawing. It’s a brilliant way of expressing yourself.

I would like to promote it as much as possible.

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