Sirens, London wouldn’t be London without them. And a day without hearing them would probably freak me out more than the rate in which they are needed in the capital.

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The noise slowly drowning out the sound of only a few cars and footsteps in Langham Place, just off Oxford and Regent Street.

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The BT Tower being used as a giant notice board, broadcasting alerts to locals.

‘STAY ALERT- COVID19- SAVE LIVES’

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This was around April/May with hardly anyone on the streets, apart from the unfortunate few that have no choice.

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The featured photo of the fire engine will be one of my favourite shots from lockdown. A reminder that despite 2020 being a year of the unexpected, some things will never change. Life goes on, and the emergency services don’t get that work from home memo. If anything their workload may have increased, especially for the ambulance service.

The homeless also have to keep doing their thing. Less people to engage with on the streets for food and money, we rely on charities and generous folk to help them out. In a way lockdown has been like Christmas Day, the only people on the streets are the ones that have no other choice.

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12 thoughts

  1. I love how you combined your photography with the description of the sounds of an otherwise bustling city in lockdown. I could almost hear them.
    The sounds of places interest me. Back when the duck and I lived in Tokyo, we went out with a sound recorder one day and tried capturing the soundtrack of our almost rural neighborhood in summer. Unfortunately, our sound recorder died soon after that so that we could never finish it.

    1. That sounds like a great idea, especially now with how crystal clear recordings are. I have recorded a couple of 4K videos in London and love the sounds on those… you should really get out and do it again! 🙂

  2. Together with visuals, the sounds must be very nice, as well!
    You’re right! If I find another place that promises a nice soundtrack, I’ll give it another shot.

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