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LONDON IN LOCKDOWN

Lockdowns and other Covid restrictions have made life difficult for photographers in lots of ways, but there are some upsides too. For this stock shoot with pro travel photographer Kav Dadfar we were able to capture the familiar sights of London’s riverbanks without the usual throng of tourists and traffic, while observing social distancing and other Covid guidelines at all times.

London in lockdown is an eerily glorious place for photography. It might sound like a paradox to say that London comes alive when you take out its pace and noise, but the peace helps to highlight elements, views and even buildings you might never have noticed before – which is ideal, as Kav says the success to stock photography is to keep showing new things.

Kav is not only an accomplished travel photographer and workshop leader (see www.thatwildidea.co.uk for more info) but, as I find out when we meet at Paddington Station, he’s also a prolific writer.

We start with a walk along to Little Venice, and while chat first turns to the freezing temperature – we agree that “it’s always better to be warmer rather than colder” when it comes to outdoor shoots – Kav then tells me how he’s been writing more this year, as his travel work has been put on hold.

“I always feel a bit guilty when I talk about this, but I

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