Locked Down is a series of images that represent the reality of what happened to smaller independent towns with more locally owned businesses during the pandemic. Propelled by the ongoing lockdown starting back in March 2020 I wanted to show how the towns in the Rhondda Cynon Taff area in South Wales were affected. Over the course of this most recent lockdown, I captured images of shop fronts shut down across the main town centres of three towns in the area. This allowed me to expose what was left of the towns and record the totality of the economic devastation. The towns were run down prior to these lockdowns but not to this extent.
Since starting this series, I have seen new shops emerging and others closing down permanently but overall businesses that have existed in these areas for generations have remained there with local support. Communities have come together, but the impact will remain for a good while yet.