'Lockdown Life - Paul & Simon' (Paul Lloyd Johnson; Simon Hiller)

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Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation in 2020 © Rebecca Douglas

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'Lockdown Life - Paul & Simon' (Paul Lloyd Johnson; Simon Hiller)

by Rebecca Douglas
digital image file, 30th April 2020
Given by Rebecca Douglas, 2021
Photographs Collection
NPG x201463

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Artist's statement: This photo forms part of a series I captured entitled 'Lockdown Life', honestly documenting life in lockdown in 2020. A moment in time which saw everyone united in staying at home, holding still. So many moments in life are still happening in these places we call home and this project looked to explore and capture this.

Shoots were no more than five minutes and captured at a social distance. This image in particular has always felt iconic to me. I adore the architecture of Arlington House in Margate, and for me it really symbolised the solitude and stillness of lockdown in Thanet, East Kent. This image was a logistically interesting one to create, taken from over 200m away, texting Paul and Simon to come to the window of their fifteenth floor home. I often think about how we gaze upon a photo and the narrative it sparks in our minds. Most of all here, I think about what the perspective must have been like for Paul and Simon, looking out across an empty beach and quiet roads in Margate.

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