Jan is a London-based documentary and travel photographer, dividing his time between commercial commissions and personal projects. Most of his projects are observations of people in public spaces.
On 23 March, the evening the lockdown was announced in the UK, 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.
Lockdown London/Jan Enkelmann participant @ #artistsupportpledge
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