This map shows photographs taken in Hackney; Newham; Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest that have been contributed to our page. You can submit your own photograph to us, and both see it appear on the map and have a personalised illusion sent through to you by email.

Create Your Illusion

RGB East

When you play this video please stare directly at the cross in the middle of the screen.

Did you see the lilac circle? Play the video back and try to follow the circle to see it isn’t really there!

This illusion is called a negative afterimage. For a full explanation of how it works, please upload a photograph to our web page. You will then receive a new illusion made from your photograph and a full explanation of how it works!

Create Your Illusion

About the Project


Welcome to RGB East – a platform to explore the connection between digital photography, perception, and colour in the boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.


RGB stands for red, green, and blue, which are the colours that the light-sensitive cells in our eyes are sensitive to. These colours are also used on our computer screens and in photography because they can be combined in various proportions to obtain any colour in the visible spectrum.


The name RGB East combines this philosophy with our engagement with the communities of the four East London boroughs.


You are invited to take a colourful photograph when you are out and about in the four boroughs surrounding the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest).


The next step is to upload your chosen photograph via the link on this page. Your photo will appear on the map which will be accessible to be viewed by all. You can still take part if you are outside the four boroughs, but please note that your photo will not be pinned to the map.


You will individually receive a link to a visual illusion using the photograph you send us. This illusion will demonstrate that:


• the colour we “see” does not exist in the external world, but rather is created through a complex interaction between our eyes and our brains;
• we do not all see and experience colour in the same way


We will use all the photographs we receive to help us to design sculptural work that will form the basis of a proposal for funding. If we are successful, we will go on to produce sculptural work that will be displayed publicly for all to visit and interact with. By contributing to this project, you will be having a direct influence on the final artwork, and we may even use your image in the public display, which will be accessible to the entire community!


UCL – Trellis: Public Art.