As a press card-holding photographer, Ki Price has key worker status and he was able to go into London during the lockdown to document the historic situation. Mindful of the potential drain on resources if he had an accident or encountered problems, he decided to limit himself to just two trips, one in the morning and the other a few days later in the evening.
For the first trip Ki arrived early in the morning and headed to the City to photograph the normally bustling areas around the Lloyds building, the Walkie-Talkie building (aka 20 Fenchurch Street), Leadenhall Market and Millennium Bridge.
Shooting from around 8am, when the area would normally be crowded with people rushing to work, he captured the deserted streets. His black and white images have an apocalyptic feel to them.
For his second trip, Ki went to Soho and China Town during the evening. Again these areas would normally be crowded with people but they were deserted. Where there should be restaurants full with diners and clubs with queuing revellers, there were shuttered windows, boarded doors and NHS support signs. In his images, London could be mistaken for the set of a Scifi movie.
Shooting after dark meant using long exposures but most of Ki’s images are devoid of traffic trails. Those few trails that exist are the result of a passing police car.
Take a look at the video below, recorded via Zoom, to hear from Ki himself and to see a selection of his eerie images.