Switching lanes during lockdown by automotive and events photographer James Lynch

Switching lanes during lockdown by automotive and events photographer James Lynch

Ah, 2020 promised so much at the start of January with events and shoots booked in the diary! But needs must and unfortunately this is where we are right now and we need to make the most of it.

I was initially asked by my photo agency Spacesuit Media to complete a photo project for them throughout 2020. I had planned to use the SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art lens and the SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art (both for Sony FE mount) to complete the project throughout the year. I managed to shoot “Part 1” of the project only 2 days before lockdown happened! Here is the only image I’m able to share from the ‘postponed’ project.


Who knew this was all going to kick off so soon and suddenly? My town was actually one of the first places in the UK to have a confirmed virus patient way back at the end of February with my nearest pub having to be deep cleaned. I wandered past on my walk recently to capture the 1920’s country pub with the SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art lens attached to my Sony a7riii. An interesting fact, this pub was originally built in the 1920’s to be on the route of the nearby A3, until planners decided to reroute the A3, therefore making The Prince of Wales a very different countryside pub.


In the meantime, I have been using my SIGMA lenses to capture what’s happening around me during my daily-ish exercises. The SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art captures beautifully the details in the emerging new leaves with an excellent diffuse background. The SIGMA 135mm | Art focal length also offers up some interesting shots that otherwise would be missed using a shorter prime such as a 50mm, the longer focal length can provide a different perspective on the world. This is the main reason why I like working with the SIGMA 14mm | Art and SIGMA 135mm | Art focal lengths, to capture something different from the “norm”.


I’m looking forward to getting back to normality and hopefully some rescheduled events can happen towards the end of the year. I am primarily an automotive and events photographer, you can find me on social media @pistonphoto and further images of lockdown life can be found at Spacesuit Collections @spacesuitmedia.