Photo series: Finding hope in Walthamstow’s streets

Photographer Duncan Holmes responds to our theme, Hope, by snapping the little bursts of joy you can see in the windows and walls of Walthamstow…

“Yinka Ilori’s print, which says ‘if you can dream then anything is possible’, is displayed where we usually see advertising.

“It got me thinking about the place of colour and design in our everyday environment. In the right frame of mind, even a tangle of hazard tape tied to a bush can be uplifting, at least momentarily.

“Encountering a skilfully executed mural, temporary decoration in people’s windows, colour and pattern worked into the design of a building is even more inspiring. Even though it’s not strictly necessary, that extra something makes all the difference.”

See more of Duncan’s photography on Instagram @duncan__holmes