The world will not easily forget how fast our major cities became empty and silent. It's a sight that we hadn't previously experienced but it's something that we are lucky to be able to look back on when things begin to change again and the memory of empty streets begins to fade.
London has always held a certain magic for me as a irregular visitor. There are so many corners left yet to explore and there's always up and coming neighborhoods offering you a fusion of food, arts, culture or architecture. I've found myself losing track of time wandering through different streets but one thing is certain. It has never stood still and it has never stopped going forward. That's why I enjoy London in small doses — it can become too overwhelming, too many colors and sounds that eventually numb you.
Photographer and film maker Jordan Banks has created a visual journey into lockdown London. It is an eerie but beautiful insight in parts of London that are usually full of tourists and local just getting on with their day, maneuvering through the crowds that stop and take photos of sights around them. If you are familiar with this city, you will quickly recognize the locations but it certainly is odd seeing them so quiet and peaceful.
Although as a response to a terrible worldwide situation, seeing such large urban spaces empty is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our generations. It is bound to make you question the relationship we have had with our environment up to now and how we might alter our attitudes and actions going forward to return to some kind of normalcy, whatever that might entail for us and the next generations.
How do you feel about seeing large cities empty? Does it raise any questions or thoughts in you?
Lead image used with the permission of Jordan Banks.