Sunnyhill Park by Mark Adri-Soejoko

The son of a woman who was murdered on an allotment will display photographs to remember the “good and the bad” from his life in London.

Mark Adri-Soejoko’s mum, Lea Adri-Soejoko, was murdered at Colindale allotment in 2017.

His photographs will be displayed at The London Photo Show from November 11 – 14, to remember Mark’s life in the city, as he leaves to make a new start on the coast.

Mark said: “The pictures relate to memories of my life in London and dealing with the loss of my parents over the last eight years. My father to dementia and illness in 2013, my mother’s murder in 2017 and now my decision to leave London this year.”

The Canton Restaurant in China Town, the first Chinese restaurant Mark’s dad took him to 45 years ago, part of the Life in London exhibition by Mark Adri-Soejoko

The 54-year-old IT support analyst and photographer is originally from Hendon and curated the series of images, entitled ‘Life in London’, as a way of saying goodbye to a place that evokes nostalgia and painful memories of his family life.

After the loss of both of his parents, Mark set up a new life in Shoreham by Sea with wife Frances and three stepsons.

He has used photography as a means of dealing with the difficult emotions he has experienced.

He continued: “During lockdown I didn’t pick up my camera for almost a year, but my wife had been encouraging me to do something and seeing the opportunity for an exhibition was a trigger for me, especially with the decision to leave London.

Chinatown, a place Mark would often visit with his dad, part of the Life in London exhibition by Mark Adri-Soejoko

“The pictures are of things and places that trigger my memories and emotions, both good and bad.

“This is not a documentary, the memories are sometimes vague and possibly wrong, but they are what I remember right now. They will all touch on my relationship to my recent history.”

For Mark, who has been a photographer for 14 years and who struggled to come to terms with the death of his mother, one picture in particular stands out as a favourite.

He added: “Of the submitted pictures the image called Sunny Hill Park is closest to being a favourite, it is about holding onto the memory of my mother, the loss, grief, pain.

Sunnyhill Park by Mark Adri-Soejoko

“I’m holding a picture of her holding me captured by my father in the same place that picture was taken 54 years ago.”

More information here londonphotoshow.org/