Now that some of the restrictions of lockdown are being relaxed, is it over? Near where I live there seem to be more people on the street, so has the empty city passed into history? Probably not quite yet. In its May issue the Libraries Newsletter asked for personal accounts and pictures from readers. Response wasn’t immediate, but by word has spread and we have received pictures from residents and staff (sometimes one and the same) which Isabel and I have been sorting into groups by location and theme. This is part of an ongoing project to tell the story from this neck of the woods.
Some of them you will know, like this one.
Others will be harder to place exactly. (Although I could show you a James Hedderly picture showing the same stretch of the riverbed. Here)
Other images are new but becoming familiar.
Some shops make do with just the feet.
This informative notice gives you plenty of time to read.
You don’t have to spend your time reading. There are plenty of tranquil spots where you can quietly contemplate the new normal.
Where is that?
Some empty streets:
A lone figure.
The distinctive brickwork of the Worlds End Estate.
The London Riverside tower, (work suspended?)
With a little bit of reflection.
An empty playground, with a view of Chelsea Westminster Hospital in the background.
A lone jogger taking her daily exercise.
There are no credits this time. Image rights belong to the individual photographers. We’ll see how that works out. But we are still collecting. Send us more pictures, (email firstname.lastname@example.org for the moment) or written accounts of things that have captured your imagination, or just leave a comment below. We’ll continue this series of posts alongside our regular blog activity. I might even get out a little and take some pictures myself.