'Jaminder Hayre' - Portrait of a man wearing a protective suit and mask, wheeling a basket along an aisle in a supermarket

2 May 2020
Penn Co-op, 46 Warstones Road, Penn, City of Wolverhampton
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, taken at 15.00 on 2nd May 2020, is the fourth of seven images depicting the lockdown as experienced by the artist Anand Chhabra, and represents the West Midlands region. The artist has written the following text to explain how this image documents their experience of lockdown: "I was photographing the queues outside my nearest supermarket about a few hundred yards from my house and saw this guy there with really what I considered over the top protection clothing for going shopping. I followed him and started a conversation with him about his amazing COVID-19 outfit and asked him if he didn’t mind having his photograph taken. He didn't, he said he gets stopped a lot and people film and have his photograph taken in other supermarkets. He said he can’t take any risks with his health as he recently had major heart surgery recently and is worried about getting the disease."


This is part of the Volume: HEC01/036/02/05 Picturing Lockdown Collection: Artists' Submissions - Anand Chhabra; within the Sub Series: HEC01/036/02 Picturing Lockdown Collection - Artists' Submissions; within the Series: HEC01/036 Picturing Lockdown Collection; within the Collection: HEC01 Historic England


© Anand Chhabra

People & Organisations

Photographer: Chhabra, Anand


21st Century Supermarket, Health And Welfare, People