London lockdown, again… England is entering its second national lockdown phase today as Coronavirus/Covid-19 cases have risen sharply.
This gives me the opportunity to finally present my London lockdown photography project on YouTube. Back then, I wasn’t producing content for my channel yet, so unfortunately I didn’t film my usual POV footage. But I did document the empty streets of London in these eerie images.
I wasn’t keen on showing the London lockdown photos publicly the first time because I didn’t want them to encourage people to go out and break the restrictions “for the gram”. I didn’t break them myself, as I went shooting the morning just before the restrictions were introduced.
I know other photographers (even non-professionals) who breached the London lockdown restrictions and… well, it’s just not how I do things so I didn’t want that kind of publicity.
This time is different. The restrictions are a bit more loose so it would be OK to take these pictures now. London is not as empty though, but still quite sad nonetheless. But like I said it’s different now. I could even host you in my 1-1 workshop, like the new short lunch or pre-dinner or the intense masterclass. Just no groups for now, only 1-1.
So here you’ll see me talk about the project and show you the photos taken around London at peak hour (7:30am-10:00am). Except it doesn’t look like peak hour at all!
And here’s the direct link, in case the embed doesn’t work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxXsZlEw-z4
The photos were edited in Lightroom and then refined in Luminar 4. I was experimenting a lot with Luminar 4 and came up with this style that I found very fitting. I might make this preset public eventually. Perhaps you can let me know if you’re interested.
Stay strong and stay safe! See you next time!