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Luke Allen
The People of Camden in Lockdown

Luke Allen spent lockdown photographing people in Camden, and in particular the people of Bloomsbury. What Luke missed the most were people’s faces. Neighbours, friends and acquaintances were missing from the streets and when they slowly emerged their faces were obscured. Luke's photographs explore what for many people will be a loss; the loss of the familiar face, the smile, the non-verbal language and our self-identity in a post-lockdown masked world. Some people were photographed just with masks, others only without their mask. But the majority of the images come in pairs - an image of the familiar face without the mask, and an image of the face with the mask. Those photographed live or work in and around Bloomsbury and are familiar faces captured in a year when we are all experiencing a change in how the world perceives us and how we view ourselves.

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