On 23 March, the evening the lockdown was announced, I was on my bike, cycling through an already deserted London, astonished to experience the city like I had never seen it in the 20 years I have been living here.
A few days later, I decided that taking the camera on my nightly cycling excursions – my chosen form of daily exercise – was a safe way to document different parts of the city without endangering myself or others.
Like many others I felt compelled to document the lack of crowds in usually crowded locations. But looking at the set of images I have made over the last weeks, I feel this project has taken on a life of its own. Maybe these photos are less about the lack of human presence and rather about the stillness of a city being allowed a breather to reveal a beauty that often goes unnoticed.
St Nicholas Church
New Romney was once a thriving port, with the harbour adjacent to St Nicholas' Church, in front of which a mooring ring can still be seen. In 1287 a storm changed the coastline dramatically and the port was destroyed, the town now being more than a mile from the sea. Four feet of silt were deposited inside the Church and around, which accounts for it being lower than the surrounding area. Large numbers of visitors come annually, attracted by the unique history and architecture; the church is one of the finest in the Diocese of Canterbury.