'After a Night Shift' - Self-portrait of the photographer wearing a protective face mask, following completion of a shift at the Amazon MAN3 warehouse, holding a handwritten sign stating ways in which the Covid-19 virus had impacted on his life

29 Apr 2020
Amazon MAN3 Warehouse, Bridgewater Avenue, Bolton
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 05.37 on 29th April 2020, is the first of five images depicting the lockdown as experienced by the artist Tristan Poyser, and represents the North West region. The artist has written the following text to explain how this image documents their experience of lockdown: "My work as a self employed photographer disappeared overnight. Due to the uncertainty created by the COVID 19 Lockdown and my wife on maternity leave, I decided to seek employment for the first time in 17 years. This self portrait was made at the end of a 10.5 hour night shift after walking over 30km during my shift. I’ve written two impacts of this COVID lockdown on myself."


This is part of the Volume: HEC01/036/02/09 Picturing Lockdown Collection: Artists' Submissions - Tristan Poyser; 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


© Tristan Poyser

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Photographer: Poyser, Tristan


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