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Dagenham photographer's exhibition shows London's 'weird and wonderful' side

PUBLISHED: 15:09 07 July 2016 | UPDATED: 15:09 07 July 2016

Church Bazaar is included among the pieces in the exhibition

Church Bazaar is included among the pieces in the exhibition

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A photographer whose life was turned on its head following a serious illness has created an exhibition of pictures inspired by the borough.

Toff to Work also features in the showToff to Work also features in the show

Colin Page, 49, narrowly escaped death in 2009 when he suffered a burst hernia – and has dedicated his life to photography ever since.

“I still have health issues – I was hospital with pneumonia earlier this year so I’ve just been trying to get out at every opportunity to take pictures that make London stand out,” he explained.

“You can’t take anything for granted because you don’t know how long you’re going to be here. Every day is a blessing in my case.”

The former van driver said that Dagenham, and London as a whole, is a great place for photography because nowhere stays the same for long.

“You can go back to the same place and it’s always different and constantly changing and moving – and there are so many weird and wonderful people in the city,” said Colin, who lives in Winifred Road.

He tries to capture images that display the eccentric personality of the city and its locals and a striking image of a man carrying a cross in front of a church is included in his latest show.

“There are some nice things you see in Dagenham,” he added “I was walking down the street one day and saw a man carrying a cross on his back and I had my camera on me and took a picture.”

Pictures of London and Dagenham is on display on the first floor of Dagenham Heathway Library, in Church Elm Lane, until August 31. Pieces will be on sale for £25 each.

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