London Life

With a bitter chill in the air and the general miserablism catalsyed by the winter, it’s easy to forget the summer of optimism, short-lived uptake in sports participation and widespread speaking to one another on public transport that the summer brought.

Derrick Barendse
Derrick Barendse

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.

Matthew Dear
Matthew Dear

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.

Camera category winner Ben Swales, Richmond Sun
Camera category winner Ben Swales, Richmond Sun

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.’

Phone winner, Stuart Wilson.
Phone winner, Stuart Wilson.

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.

Tedz Duran
Tedz Duran

Alongside the amateur photographers’ images, the gallery is displaying images form a collection called East, which documents east London throughout the 20th Century.

Pete Morton
Pete Morton

London Life runs until 16 December at Getty Images Gallery, Unit 1119, The Street, Westfield Stratford City, Great Eastern Road, E20

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  • Stuart Wilson November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Thanks for the feature guys and girls 🙂
    I was the winner in the mobile category. I was so happy when I heard that I had won and that my photo was going to be displayed in the Getty Images Gallery.
    You can see more of my work and daily inspirations on my blog:
    http://whatwilsonwants.blogspot.co.uk/

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