In the nearly decades I’ve lived and worked in London, I’ve never seen it this quiet. It’s an eerie, empty quiet.
As spring blooms, some of the most famous landmarks in the City of Lights are off-limits.
At first, it took time for people to understand what was happening, that this new coronavirus was much more than an Asian crisis. Schools are closed on March 19— cafes, restaurants and pubs will be closed in a bid to halt the spread of coronavirus and yet on the following weekend, spring was in the air, it was sunny and beautiful, and LONDONERS couldn’t resist going outdoors.
Two days after the order for people to stay home, Knightsbridge, the business district of London, was deserted.
Then on 23 March , the full meaning came clear when President Boris Johnson ordered the entire country to stay at home for 3 weeks, starting at noon the next day. That morning, a line 200 yards long formed outside my supermarket. As I photographed the line, a few customers objected. But after we talked, I understood that they were just scared, and some were upset with the government for not seeing the crisis coming sooner.
Coronavirus closures: Shopping malls and luxury Store in the UK cut hours while some stores shut down
The first time I covered something bad happening at Glastonbury Festival Campers woke up to Brexit and the EU referendum clash was in 2016, when I photographed the aftermath of the 2016 June 23 on a Compared to that, my work during this COVID calamity is so different. It’s about all of us—strangers, friends, my family, my neighbour’s, me.
The luxury London store Harrods, which stayed open throughout the bombing of the capital during World War II, announced on 20 March it was closing its doors., in the centre of London, is one of the largest commercial malls in Europe. Now it’s abandoned, with the only sounds the clatter of escalators—and the singing of birds.
In these poor neighbourhoods, where life can be a struggle on an average day, fights have erupted between young men, and the local markets have all closed. I consider myself lucky—for poor families stuck in small apartments, it’s much harder.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do , Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
When France’s ordeal began, London was still packed and bustling with people, and New York City was too. I think Paris was one of the first big, famous cities to empty out. By 1 April 2020, Nationwide, United Kingdom had 29,474 reported positive cases, 2352 had died and 135 recovered. Many here assume the actual number of cases must be much higher because we’re testing only people with severe symptoms.
Two weeks after the city’s bars, cafés, and other non-essential businesses were closed, If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times
In familiar settings I have to find beauty and meaning in something I see every day, and I’m so used to what’s around me that I may miss interesting scenes or moments. In the city centre now, I see so many homeless people I hadn’t noticed before when they were hidden among the daily crowds. Their situation is terrible. They can’t plead with passers-by for money because the streets are empty. All the public toilets they usually use are closed.
Do not meet others, even friends or family. You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.
With flights being cancelled around the world, the train from the city centre to Heathrow Airport is a ghost ship.
I want to show how the pandemic is affecting the homeless, as well as immigrants. For them, social distancing is impossible. They have no access to masks and gloves, and maintaining strict personal hygiene is difficult. I’m also planning to rephotograph from TV, Newspaper, Instagram portrait famous people with coronavirus or quarantine and watching people through my window during London Lockdown.
Coronavirus: 10 Transport for London workers die after testing positive Eight were bus workers, one working for Transport for London and another working for London Underground (Earl’s Court Station I’ve never seen it this quiet. It’s an eerie, empty quiet).
Police patrol the empty Trafalgar Square on 23 March 2020, the first day of the lockdown in London. Before leaving their homes, Londoner are supposed to show authorities a Only go outside for food, health reasons or work, Those without one risk a fine.
A lone One person on daily walk the lockdown on the National Gallery. The lockdown Maybe extend to end of April as the COVID-19 death toll rises.
In some ways, it’s more difficult to shoot your own place and people. One thing I’ve wanted to do is convey the mood of the city’s most iconic structures as they appear under lockdown—the National Gallery and the business district Bank—at different times, in different lights. It’s very hard to photograph emptiness. I’ve been spending a lot of time—sometimes three hours or more—at each site. In all, I must have shot at least 4,000 frames by now.
I intend to continue this work over the next few weeks, to give the world’s people at least one view of the pandemic in my city. As I’ve roamed London, I’ve noticed that the air is much fresher—there’s less pollution. —And one day when I was shooting at the main entrance of the National Gallery, I heard birds singing. I’d never realised there were birds at city Centre of all places. It gave me hope.