Victoria Park with the City in the distance ©️ Matt Payne

Lockdown photo essay captures aerial photography of an empty Victoria Park

Hackney Wick-based photographer Matt Payne (34) has captured some truly extraordinary snaps of our local area during lockdown, such as aerial photography of a deserted Victoria Park.

Working predominantly as a primary school teacher, Payne has been taking photos for the past six years. 

Payne specialises in drone photography, as his haunting images of a deserted Victoria Park shown from above suggest.

‘I like to play with perspectives and find natural, raw moments when it might not be expected’, he explains.

‘The drone allows you to see areas from a very unusual perspective and it has the power to completely transform familiar places. I look for the geometry within infrastructure sometimes and the pathways in the park provided that.’

Payne’s true passion however, is natural portraiture. ‘Capturing moments that people share with one another or emotional states is difficult so I really enjoy it when a photographer brings those elements to a viewer’. He has even submitted his project, ‘Modern Britain’ to the 2020 BP Portrait Awards.

His photo of Victoria Park was the only one he planned beforehand. The others in this series were chance encounters, such as his neighbour parked on his couch outside his home. Capturing these special moments are very important for Payne.

Like lots of locals, lockdown has had its silver linings for him. Most noticeably, it has fostered a greater sense of community. Payne has appreciated the random chats and new people he’s encountered, who he would have never spoken to normally.

‘I met an interesting older man called Charlie in the queue for the post office on Roman Road and he spoke to me about old cinema and Hollywood actors and where he used to dance to jazz in the local area. When you give people time to interact and give yourself time to listen, you can learn a lot’.

You can find more of his photography on his website and Instagram.  

Victoria Park in the distance. Aerial shot of Victoria Park, photographs of Bow in lockdown by Matt Payne
Victoria Park with the City in the distance©️Matt Payne
Aerial shot of Victoria Park, photographs of Bow in lockdown by Matt Payne
Aerial shot of criss-crossed paths in Victoria Park©️Matt Payne
Aerial shot of Victoria Park, photographs of Bow in lockdown by Matt Payne
Aerial shot of deserted Victoria Park©️Matt Payne
Customers queuing up outside Mile End Road's co-op supermarket, photographs of Bow in lockdown by Matt Payne
People queuing outside Mile End Road’s Co-op©️Matt Payne
A quiet canal during lockdown. Aerial shot of Victoria Park, photographs of Bow in lockdown by Matt Payne
A quiet canal during lockdown©️Matt Payne
Woman in mask and gloves with hand in the air, photographs of Bow in lockdown by Matt Payne
Woman in mask and gloves with hand in the air©️Matt Payne
Woman in mask packing her bike trailer, photographs of Bow in lockdown by Matt Payne
Woman packing her bike trailer©️Matt Payne
Man relaxing on a purple couch outside his home photographs of Bow in lockdown by Matt Payne
Relaxing on a couch outside©️Matt Payne
Two women crossing the road wearing masks photographs of Bow in lockdown by Matt Payne
Two women crossing the road wearing masks©️Matt Payne
Regent's Canal in lockdown. Aerial shot of Victoria Park, photographs of Bow in lockdown by Matt Payne
Regent’s Canal©️Matt Payne

If you like this article, you might also like our photo essay of lockdown created by local people.

 


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