However, a new show in east London’s Stratford, London Life, may help to reinvigorate those warm-and-fuzzy feelings that the Olympics briefly ignited in even the most curmudgeonly of Londoners.
The exhibition, held at Getty Images Gallery, is displaying a number of images by amateur London-based photographers, selected by the gallery from more than 500 entries to the My Summer of London competition.
These amateur photographs are displayed alongside photography collections from the Getty Images archive as part of a project in collaboration with London Life, the publication serving the East Village area of east London that has sprung up following the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
There are 25 images shot with both cameras and mobile phones on display, with a winner selected from each medium. Ben Swales, a 23-year-old Yorkshire-born London resident picked up the prize for the camera category, with an image described by Getty Images Gallery as ‘a lovely tranquil moment over a busy summer in London, bathed in beautiful light and colour.’
Interior architect and furniture designer Stuart Wilson wowed the judges to pick up the mobile images award, depicting ‘a busy city skyline that actually appears like a secret garden – dominated by greenery and childhood’, according to the gallery.
Both winners received a Nikon 1 camera kit and master class with a Getty Images photographer.
Alongside the amateur photographers’ images, the gallery is displaying images form a collection called East, which documents east London throughout the 20th Century.
London Life runs until 16 December at Getty Images Gallery, Unit 1119, The Street, Westfield Stratford City, Great Eastern Road, E20