Fascinating photos capture life under lockdown
A fascinating collection of personal photographs, capturing a range of dimensions of everyday life under the Spring lockdown, has gone on virtual display.
The thought-provoking collection of images is part of the 'Photographic Atlas of the Epidemic', a virtual photography exhibition launched by the Białystok Cultural Centre.
The exhibition is the culmination of an initiative which invited people to send in images showing what impacts the Spring lockdown had on their lives.
Marcin Pawlukiewicz, curator of the exhibition, said: “The Centre received over 100 photographs from both amateurs and professionals, above all sent by people from the region (of Podlasie), but also from other parts of Poland and the world.”
He added: "Amongst the many topics of photographs, common themes included isolation, being locked away, the experience of lockdown with children, but also lockdown which meant people could spend more time on realizing their passions.
“Diverse messages reached us through signs like 'please wear a mask' or 'please disinfect your hands'.
“One topic was emptiness - empty London, deserted shopping centres and empty playgrounds.”
One image shows a priest outside his church looking out at the empty streets of his town while holding the blessed sacrament.
Another shows a forlorn playground with red and white barrier tape around popular rides, whilst a third shows a truck driver being stopped for coronavirus testing by a group of men in yellow vests; one in a hazmat suit, with a white road line marking out the safe distance boundary the men need to keep from the vehicle.
The online exhibition, which is being displayed through virtual gallery, VirtuRama, presents a selection of images, around 60 altogether.
Pawlukiewicz said: “It was important to me to show a diverse range of photos, topics and experiences reflective of that time.
“I wanted the exhibition to communicate emotions, but also the aspect of documentary which is present in each moment.”
The exhibition which is free and will run until February 2021 can be viewed here.