“I liked the sky, it was amazing that day,” says Ioanna Zagkana about her photo of 30 St Mary Axe, known as ‘The Gherkin’, and St Andrew Undershaft. She feels they represent the future and the past of London. The Gherkin was built in 2003 and its elderly neighbor built in 1532, survived not only the Blitz but also the Great Fire of London. Coming from an island in the Mediterranean Sea, Ioanna has been living in London for almost five years. She was a dancer until an accident ended her career. She then worked as a self-employed therapist until ongoing health problems meant that she could not continue. When she ran out of money she lived in a squat in Whitechapel before she heard about Crisis. She believes that not enough people live in the present: ‘We are not grounded’, and it is her goal to be so. May in 2016 My London calendar. Third Place, People’s Choice.
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