Brick Lane contrasts

A Sunday afternoon on Brick Lane in east London. The area is the heart of the Bangladeshi community, while it’s a place that draws many tourists and visitors. The street is packed with countless curry houses and has markets offering vintage clothing and second-hand items.

A visit to the area – which was thronging with people – yielded a pair of very different photographs which in essence sum up the dual nature of Brick Lane.

On the left is the shimmering minaret of the mosque, which soars into the air and signifies that the people who live in the area are predominantly Muslim.

It’s the day trippers who fill the frame on the right, seated in a long line on the pavement eating their takeaway snacks and lunches in the sunshine. I’m particularly fond of the guy in the centre whose gloriously bald head reflects the sunlight.

A city the size of London should – and is – full of intriguing contrasts.

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