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Paralympics smiles [1/5]

Managed to get tickets to the opening ceremony. I wasn't sure how strict the security would be so I didn't take too much camera gear, limiting myself to the 18mm wide angle. I also decided to create portraits of some of the stadium staff, asking each subject if they would pose rather than shooting candid. This little sequence was the result. Not necessarily the most photographically perfect shots in the world, but I was very impressed by how friendly everybody was.

 

By the way - looking at the news today it isn't clear how well the Paralympics have been covered by the non-UK media. For those not lucky enough to have seen the event, the opening ceremony was awesome. I have some stunning high-def video taken with the D3S but unfortunately the ticketing T&Cs preclude ticket holders from publishing such video on social networking sites. So I have just taken down a prior post of of Team GB entering the stadium. Damnit.

 

One of the many highlights of the evening was a wounded Afghanistan veteran (lost both legs) zip-lining at night from the top of the tower in this image (being cheered by 80,000 people) into the centre of the stadium while carrying the Olympic flame. Which was then handed to a blind footballer who in turn ran across the stadium and handed the torch to the elderly lady who 50 YEARS AGO in Rome won Britain's first Paralympic Gold medal. She then lit the iconic 'petal' cauldron which then reformed into its vertical configuration. Supreme moment of awesome. Having Prof. Stephen Hawkings as MC was also quite cool, as was the provocative imagery and music.

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Taken on August 29, 2012