The East End is one of the most deprived areas within Scotland, that has issues surrounding unemployment, poor health, addiction and high levels of Anti-Social Behaviour.
Last year I produced a series titled 'Addicted to Life' that focused on the East End community which involved charities supporting people on tackling addiction. This work prompted me to research further where I found many articles discussing 'The Glasgow Effect'. Over the years there have been numerous studies on how Glaswegian people tend to die prematurely, more so than any other city in the UK.
The intention for the research project was to engage with people who reside and or work within community. As a non-native and current resident of the East End, I have formed strong connections to the people and the places. Even though there are negative connotations living here I wanted to demonstrate that communities should not be pigeonholed. It was highly important to remain as impartial as possible to allow each collaborator to tell their story.