"Parklife" photographed by Sophia Spring is a love letter to London’s green spaces - places that during lockdown became a necessity and a privilege as we coped with a "new normal".
In 2020, the most extraordinary year in recent history, people have flocked to their local parks and green spaces seeking solace and a sense of community. The restorative effect of these spaces, and the access to nature that they offer, has never been more keenly felt than when set against the backdrop of a global pandemic.
40% of London’s surface area is made up of publicly accessible green spaces – from parks to commons, greens, cemeteries, waterways and marshes – making it a unique capital city. These enclaves occupy some of the most expensive real estate in the world (and with some of the most breathtaking views), but yet remain free and communal spaces for all.
It is no wonder then that they’ve been a real salvation for Londoners during lockdown, but their importance precedes this time and will extend beyond it. London’s parks and green spaces touch the lives of all Londoners – from first dates to family celebrations – and for this they should be celebrated.