“Covid-19 came. Life changed. Probably irrevocably. I was numb; but I couldn’t stand around helpless. I decided to document the new daily existence of millions. I advertised my idea on social media and through my local newsletter in West London. The response was enormous. We made contact by phone and email, arranged details of location, clothing, face masks and physical distancing, and then set a date and time.
I photographed people at home in self-isolation during the twilight. Imprisoned in their homes, they gaze forlornly out of their window onto a different, desolate world outside. I also asked them a few informal questions about how they were coping.
For the first time in a long time the whole world suddenly slowed down. Many were forced to take a break from work and people had much more time to reflect. The pandemic has resulted in significant global social and economic disruption, including the largest recession since the great depression. It’s had a profound impact on all our lives, forcing us to stay indoors and reducing our contact with friends and family.
But probably the most important aspect of this project, for me, is that it provides a magnifying glass for us to reflect upon what the pandemic and lockdown meant to us individually. The loved ones we lost, the extended isolation from our families and the huge sacrifices that many have made.
I wanted to record this surreal time in our lives, to capture it for posterity, holding onto the memories of what we have been through so we can reflect back at some point in our lives on what happened all around the world.
Now I plan to self-publish a coffee-table book of the images and the sitters’ stories. I hope that this volume will provide, for years to come, an insight into what life was like in lockdown, not only in London, but also for millions around the world.”
Julia has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for the new book. To support the project, visit kickstarter.com
“By striving to fulfill your dreams a human is able to overcome his own weaknesses. With his determination
and dedication, he is able to achieve great things, even beyond the limits of the mind – he is able to touch the stars.”
This quote from Albert Einstein was an inspiration for the new capsule collection for polish outdoor brand Pajak Sport, designed by design office Lange & Lange.
- Retouch Iza Zembrzuska
- Costume Design LANGE & LANGE
- Model IGHOR L / AS Menagment
- Make up artist Aleksandra Artychowska / Armani Polsk
Making-of film directed by Samuel Hicks from the new 2020 Yaris “Why Stop” campaign.
Samuel’s new work for Toyota and the 2020 Yaris ‘Why Stop’ campaign featuring gymnast Katelyn Ohashi.
“It was such a great shoot to collaborate on. When I heard that we were going to be capturing Katelyn, I saw her perfect 10 routine and was amazed. However, when you see her perform in real life and you see her literally running down the street in Cape Town performing flips and spins amongst cars it was almost unreal. Such an amazing athlete and artist.”
New work shot for Puma’s RS-2K shoe campaign – inspired by the style from the 2000’s and early internet days.
- Agency high&
- Client PUMA Sportstyle
- Art direction, design Pwee3000
- Producer Pela Kujd
- Production Kasia Maciejewska
- Movement Michał Gerlach
- Stylist Oliwia Dzierżawska
- MUA Weronika Wróblewska
- Retouch Izabella Zembrzuska
- Models Viki Gabor i Marcin Maciejczak
“Hello, I’m Alan an East London photographer with lots of time on my hands so I’ve been shooting doorstep portraits of locals who are ‘All dressed up for the NHS’
You can donate and find out more about Alans project here. y