Cardiff Life Before Coronavirus: ‘Before’ Photos of Cardiff Lockdown

Just over 12 months ago, one of the UK’s best-known street photographers was joined by hundreds of amateur photographers in a unique social experiment to capture the spirit of Cardiff in 24 hours.

Building a visual library of what Cardiff looked like in that day in history, the A Day In The Life experiment compiled thousands of images of the people and places that made those bustling cities tick – from buskers to office workers, students, skateboarders, OAPs, tourists, and many more.

Today that library provides a stark reminder of what our cities looked like before lockdown.

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The experiment has huge poignance today. Describing why it was created in the first place, event organiser, Ian Cowley of Cartridge Save, explained:

“The project was created because we recognised the potential to capture pictures that would last for years to come, as a snapshot of the city on that particular day.

“Life is fast, nowhere more so than in cities. That’s what made A Day In The Life so appealing – we were taking moments in time and freezing them. Little did we imagine that only a few months later, life in cities would be put on pause.”

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