Street Source is a regular feature showcasing photos taken in Brighton. The idea is to capture spontaneous moments around town, incidental street scenes or snapshots of people’s lives. This time, four SOURCE photographers share some of their images taken during lockdown.
The UK was put into lockdown on 23rd March in an unprecedented step to attempt to limit the spread of coronavirus. Overnight all of our lives changed dramatically in response to the government’s controversial stance on how the nation would tackle this pandemic. The impact of coronavirus and the subsequent steps taken to try and control the spread has been felt by every single person in the country. Phrases like ‘social distancing’, ‘self-isolation’, and ‘PPE’ have become as common as ‘it’s your round’, ‘lets take a selfie’, and ‘PS4’. Was furlough even a word before the virus hit?
Sarah Brownlow: The recesses in the King Alfred building provided ready-made social distancing pods for people to enjoy the unexpected, beautiful spring weather.
Sarah Brownlow: If you skate, then the joy of having a park all to yourself is a rare thing of beauty. But with all the parks empty and not being allowed in, it was torturous.
Sarah Brownlow: The show must go on… kind of. The Brighton Children’s parade encouraged the celebration to continue with social distancing street parties.
Ashley Laurence: A lone figure walks the eerily empty Churchill Square shopping centre.
Ashley Laurence: What do the animals make of these sudden overnight changes? Here, Ziggy ponders his new reality.
Jon Southcoasting: These sprayed signs in public places became the norm and served as a constant reminder of the current social distancing guidelines.
Jon Southcoasting: ‘Community is Kindness’ posters sprung up across town giving us some much needed positivity.
Jon Southcoasting: Rainbows became the nation’s symbol of hope and were seen daubed on walls and windows in almost every street.
Jon Southcoasting: They say hard times can bring out the best in people and communities rallied together to provide additional support for vulnerable groups and individuals.
Gili Dailes: Lockdown coincided with the best April weather we have experienced in a really long time, which made for impressively (and maybe somewhat depressingly) empty, sunny beaches.
Gili Dailes: With even fewer trains running than usual, we were afforded a rare and peaceful view of Brighton’s train tracks.
Gili Dailes: The usually busy Fitness Hub in Preston Park has been standing empty since the beginning of lockdown.
Gili Dailes: Dramatic skies added an ominous atmosphere to these empty streets.