London’s Calling and The Fallout of COVID-19

There is a bitter sweet irony that the last conference I worked on before lockdown was imposed was called “London’s Calling“. But we’ve moved on a somewhat since March but only slightly sideways it seems. It’s a common thread for 2020, you might see this when searching for events or venues “Event information may be out of date due to the coronavirus (COVID-19)”. Event Photography is a large part of my business model as it is for many photographers.  It’s taken months to come to terms with the fall-out. Back in April there was hope for a re-boot in September at the latest and then in July there was talk of some events being allowed to return in October. I believe some events will press ahead but I feel this would largely be at the discretion of the venue and there needs to be some confidence or willingness to return to seated events. For most sponsorship is a key driver for a lot of events and no sane company is willing to hedge their bets on whether an event is Covid proof or not . Safety first. And it’s a massive risk assessment. As for mass participation events I think The London Marathon has taken the lead on this suggesting the next event taking place no earlier than in October 2021. Unfortunately it looks like the Tokyo Olympics will be pushed back further, if not cancelled completely, possibly into the Autumn of 2021. Its bleak but there is hope for next year.

So for the time being – in my much smaller universe – I’m tinkering with my marketing, organising my image banks and looking at new (and old) ways to boost my income and sanity. Some work comes up now and again and am grateful. For the venue enthusiast (and I have reason to believe there are a few out there) I have compiled some of the best venue shots over the past couple of years just,  as an appreciation for these fantastic places that we have all missed this year and possibly into some of 2021 when I hope they’ll flourish again!

Queen Elizabeth Conference CentreThe O2Odeon VenuesEtc Venues • Southbank Ballroom, The Grosvenor House Ballroom • Sheraton Grand • Hilton Park Lane • Code Node •. 8 Northumberland Avenue  • Here East • The Mermaid Theatre • Altitude LondonThe Business Design Centre • The Brewery and Many Many More….