Lockdown London: A photo series by Jan Enkelmann
On March 23rd 2020, the UK announced a nationwide Lockdown. Public transport was halted, gatherings dispersed, and shops closed. In the weeks and months since that lockdown was announced, we have seen incredible harrowing scenes as well as some absolutely wonderful ones.
One of the biggest visible changes from this time period was the lack of people out and about. London Photographer Jan Enklemann has been out documenting this particular outcome of coronavirus. His lockdown photography has featured in a wide variety of larger websites, so it’s an absolute pleasure to have him on the site.
What made Jan decide to photograph the lockdown?
Taken from his website
‘On 23 March, the evening the lockdown was announced, I was on my bike, cycling through an already deserted London, astonished to experience the city like I had never seen it in the 20 years I have been living here.
A few days later, I decided that taking the camera on my nightly cycling excursions – my chosen form of daily exercise – was a safe way to document different parts of the city without endangering myself or others.
Like many others, I felt compelled to document the lack of crowds in usually crowded locations. But looking at the set of images I have made over the last weeks, I feel this project has taken on a life of its own. Maybe these photos are less about the lack of human presence and rather about the stillness of a city being allowed a breather to reveal a beauty that often goes unnoticed.’
As of today, the government seems to be gradually reducing London’s lockdown, much like many other cities shut down across the globe. It is however extremely important that series of work documenting the lockdown of cities across the world are given every bit of exposure they can take. This not only benefits the photographer but re-affirms to the world how devastating an event like this was to both our health and economy. It’s true that this pandemic will never be forgotten, but will the necessary lessons have been learnt?