Featured London Blogger: Andy Wilkes, Inside London 2012
11:14 08 October 2012
Andy Wilkes, the man behind ‘Inside London 2012’ is under the spotlight this week. Andy worked on the site of the London 2012 Olympic Games from July 2008 to June 2012.
Q. Please tell us a little about yourself.
A. I'm a 40 year old father of 5 who has lived and worked all over London most of his life, I discovered late in life that I have a passion for photography and a willing interest in all things geeky and web-related.
Q. What inspired you to be a blogger and what do you blog about?
A. I started a blog in 2002, but it was just a personal family blog that updated various members of my family who were living in Australia and America about my family at home, pictures of kids and pets etc, this was to save on sending large e-mails and before the introduction of commonplace social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter which now do that function very well.
So In 2008 when I began working inside the site of the London 2012 Olympic Games I changed my blog to a public one where I would put up pictures of works that were progressing inside the site, the only other people releasing pictures from inside the site were LOCOG/ODA/LONDON 2012 themselves, and my perspective was a unique one. I soon was featured and being contacted by media companies such as the BBC and The Guardian who both featured me on their sites.
Q. How long have you been blogging?
A. Since 2002, but publicly since July 2008
Q. How would you describe your blogging style?
A. Definitely a man of few words, about 98 per cent of my blog posts were/are just pictures, with maybe a few words to describe what is being shown if not entirely obvious, I like my pictures to tell the story rather than have the readers attention drawn away from the pictures by my ramblings.
Q. How did it feel to be the OFFICIAL BT Storyteller for the London 2012 Olympic Games?
A. It was a great thing to happen, and through being an Official BT Storyteller for the Year up to and including the London 2012 Games I had many opportunities to see and meet people who I never would have otherwise. One of the highlights was that I got to meet and photograph officially The GB Olympic legend Daley Thompson, a great man with a dry sense of humour.
Q. Please tell us about your experience of working inside the site of the London 2012 Olympic Games?
A. I worked on site from July 2008 through to June 2012, I saw most of the old site demolished, cleaned and re-built into the stunning Olympic Park that millions of people saw and visited over the summer. On a daily basis I got to travel all around the site taking progress photos and seeing each of the structures take shape, some like the Stadium and Aquatics took ages to complete, some like the Basketball and Water Polo arenas took just months, but having the opportunity to be part of this and have that legacy to tell my children that I helped deliver what were the greatest games ever, is something I'm very proud of. A lot of thanks were given after the games to volunteers, athletes, officials, organisers etc, but not a lot to the 17,000+ workers who took 5 years to complete and deliver the whole experience.
Q. Who are your favourite London bloggers?
A. Laura Porter of About London and Cindy Eve of 3 Days in London - They both have a massive passion for this city and every week always seem to come up with a new thing London has to offer, they both were also very supportive and vocal about what I was doing and offered me encouragement all along the way.
Q. What does London mean to you?
A. London is everything to me, it is the centre of my world, I love the diversity and the range of things it has to offer, from its History to its present day offerings, London can never get stale, there is always somewhere in London that is buzzing with a vibe or is churning out culture by the bucket load.
Q. How would you describe London in 3 words?
A. My home town.