E20 12 Under Construction
Giles Price’s interest in photography began while on military service. He joined the Royal Marine Commandos in 1990 at 16 and served in Northern Iraq / Kurdistan at the end of the first Gulf War (1991), during which time he created a snapshot diary, ‘Operation Haven’, now stored in the Imperial War Museum, London. After leaving the military due to injuries sustained in Iraq he went on to study a BA Hons in Photographic Studies at the University of Derby. His work has appeared in numerous publications including the Telegraph Magazine, Guardian Weekend Magazine, FT Weekend Magazine, Independent On Sunday Magazine, Conde Nast Publications, i-D and Big Magazine. He exhibited as part of Simon Foxton’s ‘When You’re a Boy’ retrospective at The Photographers Gallery, London (2009), his ‘Macroscopic Olympiad’ project was shown as a solo exhibition at See Studio Gallery, London (2011). His portraits of First World War veterans (2004) Johnson Beharry VC (2007) and John Gray (2008) are in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London.
‘E20 12′ Under Construction [ images above ] is a documentary project which combines large format and minutely detailed aerial landscapes with arresting portraits of the workforce taken during the construction of the 2012 Olympic site.
The aerial pictures push the boundaries of the visual language of satellite imaging, such as Google Earth. These photographs, produced with the aid of the latest camera technology , allow the viewer to experience a new way of seeing the construction of the Olympic Park with stunning detail and beauty. They reveal a previously invisible perspective on the intricacy of the landscape and the overwhelming scale of its transformation.