So who are you? I’m a photographer and painter with a passion for visual culture. I lectured at the Open University and spent many years teaching art history and film studies in adult education, but now focus on my own creative work and visual culture journals.
When did you move to your flat-with-a-view? I’ve always been a north Londoner and did my A levels at Camden School for Girls. I lived in the Highgate area for over 20 years before moving to Dartmouth Park more recently.
Why take the same photo over and over again? The photographs in the Changing Views project were taken consistently over a year but at irregular intervals. It’s a passion-driven project in that I would reach for the camera to try and capture a fleeting moment.
Tell us about the first photo you took. It was 15th October 2016, noon, and there was a particular light that made the autumn leaves really stand out. I loved seeing that combination of urban nature with the graffiti on the bridge.
And after that? The images were taken at different times, but each occasion had some kind of inspiring trigger like an amazing cloud, eerie light, or sudden snow flurry that I felt I had to record. The images are all taken with the same camera and lens, and most of them include the bridge with the graffiti, which I find inspiring.
The view at sunset and at night can sometimes look like something out of a science fiction film, lots of red glowing light. I find it such an exciting view; I feel immersed in the city and never tire of it.
Did the view change over the course of the year? As the project progressed so did electrification work on the Gospel Oak to Barking overground; more men and machinery appear in the images as well as the overhead cables above the tracks.
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5 more things Mish likes to photograph
1) I enjoy finding beauty in the everyday – for example stepping out of Kentish Town station you often see incredible skies and light over the very industrial Regis Road.
2) I’m also interested in photographing different signs; you get some great handwritten ones in Kentish Town Underground Station. One of my favourites is their warning sign about windy escalators and platforms.
3) I love Highgate Road and all the carpet shops. My late grandparents were originally from Persia and I was brought up surrounded by Persian rugs. I have been working on project entitled Persian Kentish Town; it’s a fusion of documentary, surreal and poetic street photography.