Tis image taken at Janet’s Foss near Malham in 2021 came second in the Martin Parr Foundation’s Back To Normality photography competition, judged by Martin Parr.
In 2020 and 2021 I documented the effect of lockdown at some of North Yorkshire’s busiest tourist destinations. Visiting several sites in Yorkshire Dales National Park, plus Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, I photographed the emptiness of places like Malham during the initial lockdown.
I was able to photograph the few people who dared to leave their homes at a time when essential travel was not permitted in the UK.
As the first lockdown lifted in the summer of 2020, I documented the gradual arrival of people to sites like Malham, Linton Falls near Grassington and Burnsall – where tourist numbers reached record levels.
In 2021, with overseas holidays not an option for most people, those visitor numbers have remained exceptionally high – with high-profile destinations like Malham Cove and nearby Goredale Scar again registering the highest visitor numbers in their history.