Abstract moments of light in lockdown – in pictures

by The Guardian (Reprinted)

Guardian photographer Sarah Lee has been finding comfort and relief from the lockdown by using her camera to focus on the quiet beauty that is around despite the darkness

‘It has been uncertain and frightening start to the year, but there is beauty in unexpected places,’ says Lee
Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian
Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian
‘While I know the vaccine is coming, and that the longer days of spring and the progress the vaccine will bring are things to cling on to, that adage about it being darkest just before the dawn seems very real right now’
Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian
On Waterloo Bridge in London
Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian

‘I’ve been trying to focus my personal work on the moments of joy and light that are still available as sources of joy and solace’
Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian
Imperial hotel in Russell Square, London
Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian
‘Mostly I see them from my bike and my permitted daily exercise out of my home’
Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian
Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian
‘This has been going on long enough for me to have seen the city go through all the changes of the seasons, and while winter is, unsurprisingly, the harshest, I’ve found this year to be the most beautiful I have ever known living in London’
Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian
Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian
Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian
‘I think because I’ve never had the time before to really notice and appreciate detail the way I do now’
Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian
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‘I think because I’ve never had the time before to really notice and appreciate detail the way I do now’
Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian
‘Like most other people I’m confined to either home or exercising from home, but as a journalist there have been a couple of occasions where I’ve had to travel further afield’
Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian
‘Occasionally I’ve cycled with a friend. Those rare occasions have been as exhilarating and wonderful as parties used to be back when I was cavalier enough to think such things would never stop’
Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian
‘Something that used to feel so regular and happenstance now feels like an adventure’
Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian
Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian
Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian
Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian
‘The change of scenery is so welcome. I travelled to Aldeburgh a couple of weeks ago for a story and while I was careful to turn round and drive back as soon as I’d finished the [socially distant] shoot, I took some shots as I walked back to the car’
Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian
‘It was one of those rare winter days where the sun dazzled and the air was totally clear’
Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian
‘An hour by the sea and the marshes felt like an immensely precious holiday’
Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian
Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian
‘I long for the world to open up again, for things to be safe for us all to be able to be together …’
Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian
… In the meanwhile I’ve found genuine comfort and relief in using my camera as a way of focusing on the light and the quiet beauty that is still very much there despite the darkness’
Photograph: Sarah Lee/The Guardian
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