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Agnese Sanvito’s London Queues

COVID19-Meat N16

by the Gentle Author

Photographer Agnes Sanvito sent me this series of her pictures of queues

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Highbury Park Photographs ©Agnese Sanvito
Stoke Newington Church St. Photo ©Agnese Sanvito
Stoke Newington Church St. Photo ©Agnese Sanvito
Stoke Newington High St Photo ©Agnese Sanvito
Stoke Newington High St Photo ©Agnese Sanvito
Franks, Highbury Park Photo ©Agnese Sanvito
Franks, Highbury Park Photo ©Agnese Sanvito
Godfreys, Belsize Lane Photo ©Agnese Sanvito
Godfreys, Belsize Lane Photo ©Agnese Sanvito
Pharmacy, Albion Rd Photo ©Agnese Sanvito
Pharmacy, Albion Rd Photo ©Agnese Sanvito
_COVID19_ Da Mario, Highbury Park Photo ©Agnese Sanvito
Da Mario, Highbury Park Photo ©Agnese Sanvito
_COVID19-Green & Glory, Stroud Green, Photo ©Agnese Sanvito
Green & Glory, Stroud Green, Photo ©Agnese Sanvito
_COVID19-La Fromagerie, Highbury Park, Photo ©Agnese Sanvito
La Fromagerie, Highbury Park, Photo ©Agnese Sanvito
_COVID19-Camion, Photo ©Agnese Sanvito
Camion, Photo ©Agnese Sanvito

“For the past few years, I have been documenting people queuing to board a bus, buy a coffee or see an exhibition and most recently, during the current lockdown, for all essential needs.

Coming from Italy, queueing is an alien phenomena to me. No one else queues as the English do. Hungarian-born British author George Mikes wrote, “An Englishman, even if he is alone, forms an orderly queue of one.”

My fascination with queues starts with how people organise themselves into a fair and orderly line. Within this framework, different quirks of behaviour and posture emerge, people are checking their phones, reading, kissing, or just simply staring at the line and feeling satisfied that the queue grows.

Since the lockdown and the requirement of two metre distancing, the lines are growing even longer at local groceries, DIY shops, post offices, pharmacies and supermarket in my neighbourhood.

I hope my pictures lift you up and grant a new perspective on this strange yet significant moment we are living through.” Agnes Sanvito

Ice Cream Van, Photo ©Agnese Sanvito
Ice Cream Van, Photo ©Agnese Sanvito
Cashpoint, Photo ©Agnese Sanvito
Cashpoint, Photo ©Agnese Sanvito
Waterloo Bus Stop, Photo ©Agnese Sanvito
Waterloo Bus Stop, Photo ©Agnese Sanvito
Canary Wharf, Photo ©Agnese Sanvito
Canary Wharf, Photo ©Agnese Sanvito
Monmouth Coffee, Photo ©Agnese Sanvito
Monmouth Coffee, Photo ©Agnese Sanvito
Romeo & Giulietta Gelateria, Photo ©Agnese Sanvito
Romeo & Giulietta Gelateria, Photo ©Agnese Sanvito
The Cookery at Christmas, Photo ©Agnese Sanvito
The Cookery at Christmas, Photo ©Agnese Sanvito

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