Photographer and creative Karl Clarke shares a selection from his Madrid photo diaries, captured over the last year, as the city struggled to emerge from the shadow of Covid 19 - see a gallery above, and below Karl introduces his Covid Diaries...

1. Barbers Lavapiés.

2. Barman Tirso de Molina.

3. Barman, Lavapiés

4. Book Stall Vender, Calle Claudio Moyano.

5. Citizens in Protest, Atocha.

6. Passerby, Pacifico.

7. Passersby, Malasaña.

8. Reflection, Atocha Train Station.

9. Road Sweep statue, Plaza de Jacinto Benavente.

10. Señor, Atocha train station.

Street photography has always held a certain fascination for me. I like watching how people interact in urban settings. I've lived in different cities, I spent a short period of time in NYC, I’ve lived and travelled extensively through Italy. In 2014, I moved to live in Madrid. The ebb and flow of daily life in big cities attracts me.

Madrid has a very vibrant feel to it, the climate accompanies an outdoor lifestyle. However in March of 2020 that all came grinding to a halt. Madrid went into complete lockdown, you could only leave your house to (1) go to the supermarket, (2) visit the pharmacy or (3) to work if your job was considered essential.

After the difficulties of lockdown and many deaths, restrictions were eased at the start of May 2020, and that’s when we could venture outside again, albeit within a 1 km radius of your house. This is when I started my COVID visual diary. I would go out 3 or 4 times a week to take photographs, and I have been maintaining this COVID diary since. 

See more work from photographer Karl Clarke here.