Order 2016 top 20 photos online here (we have a few 2017 calendars left too)
Past and Future: May 2016 in MyLondon calendar
Ioanna Zagkana's photo of The Gherkin building was chosen to be the May 2016 image in the 2016 MyLondon calendar.
We would like to introduce you to the photographer for May: Ioanna Zagkana.
When we first met Ioanna, she was eager to share her story about the day she shot London’s iconic “Gherkin”, 30 St Mary Axe, and St Andrew Undershaft.
“I liked the sky. It was amazing that day,” she said.
And it really was.
When she first moved to London five years ago, Ioanna was a dancer. But an unfortunate accident ended her career, and she fell on tough times.
She found herself living in a shelter in Whitechapel, East London. She has the homeless support service Crisis to thank for their support.
But for Ioanna, Crisis gave her more than a roof over her head when she needed it most. She started going to art groups like Crisis Skylight and Women at the Well, among others.
When we ask her why she wanted to share her perspective of the Gherkin with you, Ioanna replied that not enough people in London live in the present – “we are not grounded,” she said.
She told us that the Gherkin represents the future and the past of London.
By bringing a new perspective to this unique part of the city, she hopes to help Londoners keep their feet on the ground.
2018 MyLondon calendar
We will be launching another crowdfunder to raise money for the the 2018 MyLondon calendar in August 2017. The photos will be taken in early July, the top 20 chosen in mid July and the public will choose the calendar in early August in Spitalfields Arts Market, London.
The 2018 MyLondon calendar will be officially launched on World Homelessness Day, 10 October 2017.