In this blog I write behind the scene stories that happened to me while on assignment or making a reportage. But I also want to use it to share pictures that have never been part of a reportage or new publications.
I haven't been inside the main venues where the Olympics took place but I have been photographing many situations related to the event. I went to see the arrival of the Torch in London passing through Hackney, where only one year ago there was the riot. And I found an incredible atmosphere, a very beautiful parade. For the opening ceremony I went to the BT Live Event in Victoria Park, very close to the Olympic Stadium. There was a 70 square metres screen and about 20.000 people with their eyes stuck on it. Then I went to check what was happening in South Bank, one of the main touristic spots of London. For the 200 metres final I went to the Jamaican House at the O2 Arena, what a great place to watch it: Bolt, Blake and Weir. - ONE, TWO, THREE! - all the Jamaicans were screaming lifting up the three fingers on their hand. Then I couldn't miss the Italian House where I went on the last day.
Hackney - Arrival of the Olympic Torch
Victoria Park - Opening ceremony
Southbank and Potters Fields Park
O2 Arena, Jamaican House: 200 meters final
The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre - Casa Italia
This past weekend I went to Appleby-in-Westmorland to experience the horse fair that takes place there every year. It greatly fulfilled my expectations. The situation was a bit chaotic but very friendly and I met a lot of great people. Also the landscape was very beautiful. It was a great break from the city.
Yesterday I was in Hyde Park taking pictures of the Jubilee
Family Festival, one of the many events for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
The weather had been merciful as we got just few drops of rain on our
heads and even a great light, sometimes, spreading through the clouds
over the crowd. Being an Italian, I was quite surprised to see all these
people united under the national flag.