#COVID-19

STREETS OF LONDON

© reportage 2020

COVID-19

 

I march down the streets on a sunny afternoon somewhere in Highbury & Islington. I see a young couple pushing a pram about ten meters in front of me. I observe the street life, feeling that at this very moment something rare is happening in the city. The forces of nature seem to affect me more sensational, I feel them working more intensively than ever. The monologue I run in my head is like a ping pong match, I am trying to answer the question why I feel more sensitive to these forces now than on any other day. Then I cough, nothing serious, just an unconditional reflex. Immediately after that I see that the young couple in front of me spins rapidly, looks at me petrified, shortly after whispers to themselves „let’s cross the street”. At that moment I realise that not only my senses were put to the test of the forces of nature.

My present day is not that different from any other day. I walk the streets of London with a camera hunting people to capture their faces, to freeze this distorted moment in the history of human behaviour, observe and analyse how we adapt to the reality of living in an uninvited pandemic neighbourhood. Despite the fact of living in very uncertain times, I enjoy the city more than ever. Some might say that the atmosphere is gloomy, but I feel invaluable peace and quiet. However, I am aware that deep under the skin we’re accompanied by a massive emotional charge defining our mental health, questioning about tomorrow. I see you, I focus on present day, I warp you in my photo, I do it on purpose because the moment I am experiencing is just as warped as the mask you hold on your face.

 

 


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