The Olympics was a success and London is still buzzing from the excitement as Paralympics is at the starting block. And even I, with an interest in sports that would match a teetotaller’s interest in a drink, have enjoyed the spectacular ceremonies and checked the odd results…
Last year I went to Paris to photograph Oscar Pistorius, the Blade Runner, who is competing in both the Olympics and the Paralympics this year. The shoot was commissioned by Natalie Holland, a truly talented and inspiring artist. Natalie uses my photography in 2 ways; to explore poses with her live models before she starts painting, and to document the paintings once she has finished her masterpiece. You can read more about the artist and the near life size painting of Oscar Pistorius on Natalie’s website.
Karen Darke is another inspiring person I’m looking forward to watch compete. I’ve got tickets to see Karen on Friday this week in the handcycling roadrace. If you haven’t heard of her before make sure you catch up with her story and check out the photos I captured of her training in the Scottish highlands in November.
But the Games are about so much more than the sports. It’s the atmosphere, the dressing up, and not to mention the partying! I captured the Olympic Torch pass through my street in Southfields. I’ve never seen so many of my neighbours before! The Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten commissioned me to photograph the colourful supporters, and not to mention the Olympic drinks served at Chinawhite for a jaw-dropping price of £2012 per cocktail. I’ve posted a selection of the photos for you below.
What are you watching this Paralympics?
Photography: Marte Lundby Rekaa, MLR PHOTO
Painting ‘The Blade Runner’: Natalie Holland, www.natalie-holland.com
Karen Darke & the Back Up Trust: http://karendarke.com/ & http://www.backuptrust.org.uk/Home
Chinawhite, The Last Lap: http://www.thelastlap.co.uk/