A year on from our first lockdown, we take a look at the photography submitted for our 'Empty Spaces' project - a call for photographs of the empty spaces, streets, and buildings caused by the lockdown in the UK and across the world.
"The outbreak of Covid-19 changed the lives of people around the globe, with unprecedented shutdowns in most of the world’s cities as well as every town and village. We are still in the grip of the virus, and for many people, this has meant being shut off from most of the outside world for an indefinite period, from their place of work, their place of worship, their friends and family, and the precious patch of green where their children play. Previously bustling tourist hotspots have been emptied of people, high streets without customers, shops closed, theatres and cinemas dark. And with that came a very different urban landscape.
Creativity has come through capturing this new landscape. In the past year, many people have taken photographs of this strange new world across the globe and the media has been full of these haunting images. We hope that the next few months will take us back to something closer to normality. Meanwhile, please stay safe"
Colin Tweedy CEO The Building Centre