'E20 12 Under Construction' is a photographic documentary project which combines large format minutely detailed aerial landscapes with arresting portraits of the workforce taken during the construction of the London 2012 Olympic site.

The aerial pictures were produced from 2009 – 2012 before the availability of commercial drones and push the visual language of satellite imaging, such as Google Earth. These photographs, shot from a helicopter, reveal a previously invisible perspective on the intricacy of the landscape and the overwhelming scale of its transformation.

Conversely, the pictures of workers show a snapshot demographic of Britain at the time, with unseen human faces of those involved in the construction of the site. These engaging portraits add a personal dimension to the depiction of the transformation, and offer a glimpse into the hidden stories of the Olympic Park.

By combining an aerial perspective with the view from the ground, Price’s photographs create a comprehensive, twofold narrative of the transformation of East London brought about by the Olympics. This alternative vision of the construction of the Olympic Park raises interesting questions about the scale and social impact of this mega-project. 

 

E20 12 Under Construction

London Olympic Stadium, gas supply for Olympic cauldron being fitted under the sports field
Andrew Leakey - Ground Worker Foreman
BMX Track & Velodrome
Jamie Thomas - Ground Worker
BMW Track
PJ Walsh - Foreman
Aquatic Center & Waterpolo Pool
Ray Gilbert - Ground Worker
Olympic Village
John Walker - Apprentice Landscaper
Sub Power Plant
Rosemary Ogle - Sub Agent
ArcelorMittal Orbit
Dean Thomas - Hard Landscaper
Hockey Pitches and Media Center
James Welcher - Vacuum Extraction Operator
Eton Manor Disabled Tennis Courts
Jagmindald Singh Grewal - Gardener
Hockey Pitch
Dudley Gunatunga - Civil Engineer
River Lea Parkland Area
Sam Ancombe - Landscape Gardener
Olympic Bridges and Concourse
Construction of the London 2012 opening ceremony inside the Olympic Stadium

E20 12 Under Construction

‘E20 12 Under Construction’ is a photographic documentary project which combines large format minutely detailed aerial landscapes with arresting portraits of the workforce taken during the construction of the London 2012 Olympic site.

The aerial pictures were produced from 2009 – 2012 before the availability of commercial drones and push the visual language of satellite imaging, such as Google Earth. These photographs, shot from a helicopter, reveal a previously invisible perspective on the intricacy of the landscape and the overwhelming scale of its transformation.

Conversely, the pictures of workers show a snapshot demographic of Britain at the time, with unseen human faces of those involved in the construction of the site. These engaging portraits add a personal dimension to the depiction of the transformation, and offer a glimpse into the hidden stories of the Olympic Park.

By combining an aerial perspective with the view from the ground, Price’s photographs create a comprehensive, twofold narrative of the transformation of East London brought about by the Olympics. This alternative vision of the construction of the Olympic Park raises interesting questions about the scale and social impact of this mega-project.

 

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