David Sladek

Photographer, journalist
   
Running from a lockdown
Location: Surrey, UK
Nationality: Czech
Biography: David Sládek is a Czech independent photojournalist living in London and a former reporter for the Czech News Agency. Since moving to London more than a decade and a half ago he has been focusing his photographic work on people, their lives... MORE
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Running from a lockdown
Copyright David Sladek 2023
Date of Work Nov 2020 - Dec 2020
Updated Dec 2020
Location zalezly
Topics Black and White, Documentary, Essays, Landscape, Lockdown, Photography
A sad family incident made me escape the UK with the last available flight into my home country Czech republic. Several years ago I bought a house in the South Bohemia region in a hilly countryside and small village pretty much away from civilization. This was the first time I had the opportunity to stay in the house for more then one night. And, in fact, I decided to spend almost two months there before returning on the very last flight to the UK (before flights were frozen due to the new COVID strain). Whilst working from the serene world and getting familiar with my house and the region, I walked a lot. More than ever in my life, in fact. I realized that, despite meeting absolutely noone, walking opens views that I'd never see while driving or riding a bike. Here is a selection of images from the few winterish weeks. Very different from the world of protest I have been covering for the last 4 years. But very special too. This may not happen again and, though I can't wait to return to "normal", I'll miss these moments of peace.
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