Copper on Horseback/ © Daniel Lewis 2012
I was lucky enough to gain access to the Olympic Park in Stratford on the penultimate day of The Games last week and had a wander around with my camera, following a corporate shoot. Sadly I didn’t get to see any events, but I was pleased to have been able to see everything at full flow and experience the atmosphere with thousands upon thousands of people descending on east London to be part of something special. You could sense the excitement in the park with all the people busily going about their day, off to see the 4 x 100m relay.
Something that struck me was how much had been built without my knowledge, having lived in London for many years, and also the sheer volume of cash that must’ve been spent on such beautifully designed venues. If I’d had more time inside the park I would have spent more time photographing the people, colour and excitement, but with a such flying visit I took some quick shots of the amazing structures inside the park, such as the Aquatics Centre, the Basketball Arena and the Velodrome. With the harsh, bright sunlight they made for some very contrasty black & white images. If only we modern-day photographers still shot our work on film I would love to have printed these up in the darkroom.
Take a look at the images below…