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'It's one of Wanstead's best kept secrets': Gallery captures hidden corners of the capital

PUBLISHED: 09:30 08 June 2018

Geoff Wikinson with former Mayor of Redbridge Gurdial Bhamra at 2016 fundraiser for Haven House Children's Hospice raising more than �800. Photo: Geoff Wilkinson

Geoff Wikinson with former Mayor of Redbridge Gurdial Bhamra at 2016 fundraiser for Haven House Children's Hospice raising more than �800. Photo: Geoff Wilkinson

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Photographs of the hidden corners of the capital and countries near and far are being displayed at a galley run by a former photojournalist in Wanstead.

EightyFour hosts fundraiser for Haven House Children's Hospice raising more than �800 in 2016. Photo: Geoff WilkinsonPhoto: Geoff WilkinsonEightyFour hosts fundraiser for Haven House Children's Hospice raising more than �800 in 2016. Photo: Geoff WilkinsonPhoto: Geoff Wilkinson

Geoff Wilkinson set up gallery EightyFour, in Nightingale Lane, around 10 years ago after retiring from a 40-year career travelling the globe as a photojournalist for magazines and newspapers including the Mail on Sunday’s You magazine and People.

He said: “I’m very passionate about photography.

“And when I returned from my extensive travels I didn’t want to lose out on it, so I opened the gallery.

“It’s one of Wanstead’s best kept secrets.”

The Royal Opera House from EightyFour's Theatreland exhibition. Photo: Geoff WilkinsonThe Royal Opera House from EightyFour's Theatreland exhibition. Photo: Geoff Wilkinson

Earlier this year, the gallery hosted a photo exhibition called East Meets West by chief political photographer at Press Association Stefan Rousseau, a Wanstead resident of more than 20 years.

On display were photos portraying life in India and Japan, taken during Stefan’s down-time while on the road snapping former prime ministers.

An upcoming project, due to open in the next three months, will see Geoff showcase hidden areas of London.

“It’s important to try and keep a record of these classic buildings,” he said. “For instance, I will come across alley ways in unusual places around London which will probably disappear because of redevelopment.”

Puma Court in Spitalfields from EightyFour's London After Dark exhibition. Photo: Geoff WilkinsonPuma Court in Spitalfields from EightyFour's London After Dark exhibition. Photo: Geoff Wilkinson

The gallery supports the community by donating pictures to church jumble sales and holding charity fundraisers.

In addition, it offers a range of photography services including high-resolution printing and framing.

Find out more at geoffwilkinsonphotography.co.uk/

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