Around two years ago, Charlotte Lillington started @brighton.streets, an Instagram account dedicated to capturing the beautiful, lively, and unique streets of Brighton. Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, she has continued to photograph the city, however in a much less lively state than usual.
Charlotte is a 26 year old Brighton resident who works in events marketing. She fell in love with the city while attending University of Brighton and has now lived here for over eight years.
When discussing why she started the account which has now amassed over 2000 followers, Charlotte said:
“You never know what is around the corner in Brighton so I always have my camera on me to photograph and capture the unique streets.”
“There is always something to capture in Brighton, no matter what the day, season or weather.”
Charlotte sees Brighton as the ideal combination of graffiti, small lanes, street art, and colourful streets, all of which lead to the lovely seaside, making it a naturally photogenic setting.
She described her experience capturing Brighton during lockdown in contrast with what it was like before the coronavirus pandemic hit the UK, and explained how the quietness of the streets has both pros and cons when it comes to her photography:
“It’s been very different capturing the streets during the pandemic as you can imagine, shops are closed and Brighton is missing its quirky people. However, it has enabled me to spot new street art, graffiti and have more space to capture the perfect photograph.”
To see more of Charlotte’s photographs from around the city, check out @brighton.streets on Instagram!
All images © Charlotte Lillington