Empty Oxford and Covid-19 shop signs

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Title

Empty Oxford and Covid-19 shop signs

Subject

The Covid-19 Pandemic and Oxford

Description

"The architecture now can be photographed during this time of Covid-19 without obstruction or distraction and the central area must look like in some part how it did back in 1167 when the University was founded, less the double yellow lines of course!

During lockdown I have been walking the streets of Oxford where I live. The shop signs explaining that they are closed during the Covid-19 pandemic caught my eye as they are so varied and express the brand and personality of the different stores, particularly with the lights and empty retail unit visible behind.

I was attracted by the text, some were formal and perhaps from corporate HQ and others more informal handwritten and probably by an assistant in store. We are all looking forward to shops reopening after this weekend and perhaps life starting to get back to a new socially distanced normal”.

Douglas Fry, photographer. Visit Piranha Photography's website here and their blog post to see more photographs of signs during lockdown. 

Creator

Douglas Fry

Publisher

Museum of Oxford

Date

2020

Rights

Piranha Photography

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