'Joshua Chhabra's Skin Fade' - Detail showing the back of a teenage boy's head following a home haircut

4 May 2020
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 17.30 on 4th May 2020, is the sixth 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: "All my 3 children are teenagers living in Lockdown with their parents. My eldest son Matthew had just given his little brother a haircut (Joshua Chhabra pictured). All teenage boys will be able to identify with this photograph, as they by and large are doing the same in their homes during the new normal. I decided to look at the details of the fade (probably laughable by a professional barber/hairdresser) and the cut hair against the background lit up by the early evening light."


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

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