London, by Instagram: Unusual exhibition of images taken and edited in 2012 using smartphones
18:14 GMT, 13 December 2012
These dazzling artworks depict the capital in ways never seen
before – and they are all photos captured and edited on mobile phones.
The images, edited using smartphone app Instagram, are part of Iconic London 2012, which showcases the work of some of the best mobile photographers on the arts scene.
Instagramers London is exhibiting the work of 30 influential 'IGers', who will each present
their own unique vision of the city in a memorable year.
Dazzling in the drizzle: An umbrella is picked out in bright red against the imposing black and white background of St Paul's
A nation gripped: Olympic beach volleyball was one of the most popular events of the summer
Pearly queen: The capital's cockneys felt particularly proud of their roots during the monarch's Diamond Jubilee year
Vibrant voters: Fashionistas make an impact in flared quilted coats as they show just why the city does so well in the style stakes
High brow to low brow: The Tube has come to be one of the most recognisable symbols of London
Reflective: The puddles and raindrops add depth and charm to these creative takes on well-known spots
Rays of light: A classic sunset with the London Eye in the background can be made even more special using the popular app
Dramatic downpour: Garlick Hill in central London takes on a new aspect behind sheets of rain
It's a scream! Droplets of water fill the air as children have fun in a fountain on Southbank
The pictures have only previously been seen through the photo editing social network of around 100million users.
The challenge was to create the perfect image that depicts London in an innovative
way, using photography in an unusual setting.
Instagram held competitions throughout 2012, asking the social network's community
to share their most iconic images of London, with a different theme
Over the course of the year, 13,000 images were submitted.
Iconic London 2012 is the second exhibition hosted by Instagramers
London, after 'My World Shared' received high acclaim as the first of its kind in Europe in October 2011.
Bridge over troubled waters: The Thames makes a beautiful, endlessly changing subject for keen Instagrammers
Small but perfectly formed: Tiny details can be edited to give an image an entirely different look using the smartphone app. Left, picture by robson_santos and right, Southbank by eurokeith
Looking grand: The City's historic Leadenhall Market has a typically British feel. Picture by
Gateway to the capital: The recently refurbished King's Cross St Pancras is another enduring London landmark. Picture by
Graffiti magic: Beatles street art gives a dinghy wall in New Oxford Street a stylish edge
Portrait of the artist: This Instagrammer turns the concept on its head by photographing another photographer and blurring the scene around him
Colour and the shape: Two children play by the river opposite the bustle of the city and the famous Gherkin. Picture by
Cloudy afternoon: Another image of St Paul's from the bridge, this time looking eerie in the bluish light. Picture by
In a year that has highlighted London's position as a cultural capital
across the globe, this second event aims to be bigger and better, and
takes a retrospective look at life in London during 2012, a key date in
the history of our capital.
The exhibition will feature images from the winners and finalists
of the year-long Iconic London image challenge, with
all images available for sale in aid of the Royal Marsden
The artwork is on display until December 16 at the Truman Brewery on London's Brick Lane.
Some of the Instagram community's most influential users worldwide will
be sharing their mobile photography expertise.
They include Phil Gonzalez,
creator of the Instagramers.com network, Yvonne Bouman, organiser of
Instagramers Holland, and Thomas Kakareko, an influential mobile street
photographer from Berlin.
Reaching for the sky: The Shard towers in the background as the architectural feat is given the finishing touches
Quirky: Users of the photo-editing app typically present familiar scenes such as the arches of Tower Bridge from a different perspective
Gorgeous sky: A classic view of London from the river is enhanced by a soft focus and delicate light
Autumn's colours: England is famous for the beautiful shades of the seasons, shown here in Holland Park's gorgeous Kyoto Gardens
Famous sights: Even on a wet day, the city looks splendid when captured in the right moment
Fine feathers: A pigeon encapsulates the city in this clever and delicate photo taken at Somerset house
Atmospheric: Battersea Power Station is pictured in a golden light above oily-looking water in this brilliant image