Written and Photographed by Jan Enkelmann
On the 23rd of March 2020, the evening the lockdown was announced in the UK, I was on my exercise round, cycling through an already deserted London. I was experiencing the city like I had never seen it in the 20 years I have been living here.
I decided that taking the camera on my nightly cycling tours was a safe way to document different parts of the city without endangering myself or others.
Initially I felt compelled to document the lack of crowds in places that are usually buzzing with people. It was just such an astonishing and unusual sight.
But looking at the images I have made, I sense they have taken on a life of their own. I feel my photos are less about the lack of human presence, but rather about the stillness of a city being allowed a breather, to reveal a beauty that usually goes unnoticed.
My images show many well-known sights and attractions, but I also captured some lesser-known and obscure corners of London in a way you have probably never seen them before.
I have launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to raise funds to publish a photobook of these unique images. It’s called ‘Pause’ and it’s going to be a 144-page hardcover book with 84 of the photos from the series.
Jan Enkelmann is a London-based documentary, street and travel photographer. He is dividing his time between commercial commissions and personal projects.
Jan’s work has been featured in numerous exhibitions and publications and he has been commissioned by magazines such as GEO Saison.
Jan’s book Happiness (co-authored with his wife Maren) won the ITB Book Award for best Travel Photobook. His latest publication is the book Smoking Chefs.
Jan is also a graphic designer.
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