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Empty Streets

15 May 2020

The Building Centre is making 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 has changed the lives of people around the globe, with unprecedented shutdowns in many of the world’s cities as well as every town and village. We are all in the grip of the virus, and for many people this means 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 are now emptied of people, high streets without customers, shops closed, theatres and cinemas dark. And with that comes a very different urban landscape.

While hoping that this will never ever happen again, creativity can come through capturing this new landscape. Many people have already taken photographs of this strange new world across the globe and the media is already full of these haunting images."

Colin Tweedy CEO The Building Centre 


The Building Centre is to create a national archive of images taken during this unique time and is inviting amateurs and professionals alike in the UK and internationally to record images of the empty spaces, streets and buildings caused by the lockdown in the UK and across the world. We will plan to mount an exhibition of the photographs in due course. 

Please ensure when taking photographs that you follow the relevant government guidelines.

We wish everyone well and hope that by being inspired it may lift all our spirits.