Day 1

Saturday morning, the day after the night before. Eating the ‘best breakfast in Stratford’ I was buzzing after the electric atmosphere on Friday night. Finding a vantage point to see the stadium wasn’t easy; every place I knew was inaccessible due to the security lockdown. I watched the evening unfold by wandering around Hackney Wick, Stratford and Bow. Thousands were out on the streets, having parties, and balconies overflowed. Everyone was excited just to be there and as midnight approached I was standing at the side of the busy A11, which gave me the view I wanted. It looked onto the Stadium in front of the empty DLR trains at Stratford International.

The normally gridlocked A11 was quiet as the fireworks started. Working with a black screen and in reverse colours (dark to light) is ideal on the iPad. You can build up the layers of colour, and the scale of the fireworks are revealed when you play the drawing back. This drawing hints at the drama that was unfolding inside the stadium. The majority of people I was with were not watching on TV or lucky enough to have tickets, they just wanted to be on the streets to breath in the air, soak up the atmosphere.


About timvyner

Reportage Artist and The Times Newspaper Olympic Artist, London 2012

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