CUSTOMER NOTICE - The image of a shuttered high street became quickly emblematic of the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, it was the signs on bolted doors of independent shops that felt the most poignant — some putting on a brave face, others apologetic, others still simply informative. This brief typology of those signs, taken on the sixth weekend of lockdown in May 2020, depicts not only the signs but also the surrounding atmosphere, all hazy reflections and ghostly emptiness. In contrast to the gloom is the signs' forms — homespun, hand-drawn, colloquial — that offers a sense of humour and brief redemption.

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