DJ photo shoot in Tower Hamlets aims to help hospital


Artful - Credit: Archant

A studio in Shadwell will become the site of a massive photo shoot featuring the biggest names in UK garage music.

Natalie Mayhew, who is behind the charity project, said she wanted to find a unique way of using her skill as a photographer for a good cause.

The pictures will make up a limited-edition calendar to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital. Natalie said: “It’s great to see all these DJs and MCs coming together to support a London charity.

“Everybody knows someone with a child that has been treated at Great Ormond Street.”

More than 50 garage artists, including MC Neat and Artful, have pledged to back the cause, along with parents of children being treated in the hospital.

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The photos will feature both musicians and children and those who donate will have a chance of winning the calendar.

Studio Spaces, in Pennington Street, has donated two large rooms for the shoot to take place.

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Natalie said: “It is just going to be fun. I have ideas for different shoots, red heart balloons for February and so on. There will be children involved, so lots of props – just making it really simple and fun.”

She added: “It will be quite improvised. All artists coming are really good fun. For me to have all these artists in one room at one time is amazing.”

Natalie, who has been a prominent photographer on the garage scene for a few years, balances this work with a full-time job at Google and raising a child.

She said: “I love photographing east London. It’s one of my favourite places in the city – it has got that really urban feel and it’s such a diverse area.”

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