East Enders’ phone captures winning Vicky Park image
PUBLISHED: 18:00 25 January 2011
A PHOTOGRAPH of Victoria Park’s iconic Pavilion Café captured the imagination of residents as they voted the picture victorious in a recent competition.
The man behind the photograph was Bow’s Jordi Martorell who fought stiff competition and won £50 worth of shopping vouchers.
Keen photographer Jordi said: “I visit Victoria Park every week and often take pictures there.
“I was walking past the café one day, and the sky looked really dramatic. I took the picture with my mobile phone as that’s all I had on me.”
More than 300 photographs of Victoria Park were collected during the autumn months. The photographs, which help to paint a picture of the park’s past and present, ranged from the 1930s to the 1990s.
Showing historical happenings, such as a visit by the late Queen Mother to family fun days, the photos illustrate how the park has changed over the years while remain a vital part of East End life.
The images were whittled down to just 10, and the public were given the chance to vote for their favourite.
The archive project is part of the park’s £12 million restoration project during which Tower Hamlets council asked people to upload their photographs to provide a snapshot of life in the park prior to the restoration.
All of the images are available to view on Flickr - www.flickr.com/groups/thepeoplespark
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