I have spent the last couple of Saturdays in Stratford in east London, home of the Olympics site, home to the new Westfield Stratford shopping centre – the largest shopping centre in Europe apparently – home in previous generations to my family and home to many many other people. It is a colourful place – and that has nothing to do with the approaching Olympics and everything to do with the people who live, work and shop there.
Last weekend, Stratford Shopping Centre – the one that was built long before Westfield and contains a market – was jammed with people shopping for Mother’s Day or just avoiding the rain. I waited with my camera outside a card shop which was the pinkest shop I’d ever seen with all it’s Mother’s Day signs. I wanted to capture the pinkness. But then a sales assistant came out of the shop with a load of helium-filled balloons for a customer and tried to stuff them into carrier bags. Unsuccessfully as it turned out! In the end the customer tied them to her buggy. I didn’t capture that moment because of the crowds but I hope she got home safely and didn’t float away!