'Light It Blue' - a cyclist making his way across an almost deserted Piccadilly Circus, showing the billboard lit up in blue to thank the NHS during the Covid-19 pandemic

30 Apr 2020
Piccadilly Circus, City Of Westminster, Greater London Authority, W1
Photograph (Digital)
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The Picturing Lockdown Collection was created during April and May 2020, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. During seven days the public were asked to submit photographs that they felt best represented their experiences of lockdown in England, and from these submissions one hundred representing all the different geographic regions were chosen to be archived with Historic England. Alongside these images, ten artists were commissioned to produce their own images over the course of five days, representing their lockdown experience. These were supplemented with images by Historic England’s own photographers. Together, the Picturing Lockdown collection forms a permanent visual record of this unusual time in history.

This photograph is one of the one hundred images taken by the public, and was chosen to represent the Central London region. It was taken at 20.01 on 30th April 2020. The photographer wrote the following text to explain how the image documents their experience of lockdown: "Empty London, April 30, 2020. Piccadilly Circus Thursday 8 pm, lit up in blue for Thank you NHS. Cyclist on his one per day exercise. I am events and wedding photographer, based in central London, my job affected by pandemic totally. I always take my camera for my one per day walk. A captured moment of gratitude to our NHS."


This is part of the Sub Series: HEC01/036/01 Picturing Lockdown Collection - Public Submissions; within the Series: HEC01/036 Picturing Lockdown Collection; within the Collection: HEC01 Historic England


© Alla Bogdanovic

People & Organisations

Photographer: Bogdanovic, Alla


Health And Welfare, Sport And Recreation, Street Scene