The Lea Valley is an extensive chain of green space and water that begins just 5 miles from the City and stretches out to the M25 and beyond. It is a vast place of transport corridors, industrial areas, and, paradoxically, large areas of river, woodland, marsh, and reservoir teeming with wildlife. Over the last 5 years I have enjoyed walking and cycling around the Lea Valley, escaping for the day from inner-city Hackney. I love the 'in-betweeness', the lack of fixed identity: it isn't countryside, yet the wide open spaces, thick foliage and overgrown footpaths provide a rare uncommodified haven in which to get lost and explore.
Fabio Affuso • Svetozar Atanasov • Pantchika Bur • Sarah Janes • Patricia Karallis • Beata Kosc • Vera Kramerova • Arendi Lambrechts • Lauren Marchant • Laure Berlan Martineau • Daniel Mayrit • Sunil Shah • Sally Stone • Robert Viglasky •