JJ Waller takes photos of residents of Brighton, which was one of the first places in Britain to experience a Covid-19 outbreak.
He walks the almost deserted streets of the city on the south coast photographing individuals and families abandoned at home while the nation is experiencing another week of quarantine.
Her subjects include a woman holding her newborn against the glass of her door, a squatting couple looking outside the house, and an entire family posing in the colors of a local non-league football team.
Waller said he used government-authorized daily personal exercise time to record how his fellow citizens coped with behind closed doors.
“Since the lockdown started three weeks ago, I have received 24 different invitations to Brighton homes. They saw an article I published on social media about this project and everyone is very happy to participate in it, “he said.
Waller, who is more familiar with portraits of comedians such as Eddie Izzard and Paul Merton, said he was honored to have been invited to come to the homes, apartments and flats of the participants. Before becoming a photographer over 20 years ago, Waller was part of the alternative scene of stand-up comedy.
“Technically, it’s a real challenge because I only have a few minutes to shoot individuals and families who come to windows or doors. But I am also honored to trust them, ”said Waller.
He detected both fear and hope in the people he photographed during the Brighton lockout.
“Some photos have a disturbing atmosphere about them and you can see the fear on some of their faces. There are a few people who look very weak and weak, maybe the virus itself.
“Yet there is one image among all those I have taken so far that fills me with optimism. He was shot dead last week in a housing estate in the Hangleton area; a picture of a family at the window and in particular a little girl. There was something about the child’s pressing his palm against the glass that caught my eye and made me feel optimistic again. “
Fay Bridgewater, one of those photographed during the first week of the project, said it was important to participate. “When JJ approached me, I was very excited because it was vital to document this moment in history.
“I smile at the photo behind our yellow door with my children and my husband. It was before the death toll started to rise and things got really dark. Now I’m turning off the radio and the TV and I hope that someday soon we can get back to normal. I’m even looking forward to the beach being full of outside tourists again, “she said.