The ultra orthodox Jewish neighbourhood of Stamford Hill is not usually one of the most welcoming places in London. The hasidic jews of this area live in a closed community, following their traditions and keeping enough distance to allow them preserving their habits. It’s a surreal place that attracts me for its peculiarities; I have found myself wandering around there quite often, especially during Sabbath, a day when its inhabitants are not prone to be photographed. The common attire of its inhabitants is traditional, leaving not much space for imagination. Men dress in black, women the same or in various tones of grey; white stripes are accepted and sometimes even dark blue appears.
However, there is an exception: during Purim, a celebration that usually takes place in March, the Jewish community enjoys the only moment during the year when colour appears in the neighbourhood. Children are dressed up and adults celebrate all day long traveling around the streets on vans and double-decker buses carrying massive sound-systems. It’s a liberating atmosphere where all the common orthodox rules tend to disappear.