Photos: How the lockdown changed Delhi’s visual landscape

Delhi's iconic commercial landmarks have been photographed for decades for their clusters of people and how they form a visual reference to map the larger city and its intricacies. The idea behind this photo essay is to show how movement restrictions change the visual imagination of landmarks in the city. Using archival images of the city’s most frequented spots and juxtaposing them against photos of what they looked like on Saturday, April 4, the eleventh day of the nationwide lockdown to curb the coronavirus outbreak, one can see that the capital looks like a shadow of itself—waiting to welcome its people back like never before.

Updated On Apr 05, 2020 09:23 AM IST
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A common scene on any given day in Connaught place. (Arun Sharma / HT Archive)
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A common scene on any given day in Connaught place. (Arun Sharma / HT Archive)

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Connaught Place, empty on day eleven of the 21-day national lockdown imposed by PM Narendra Modi, on Saturday, April 4, 2020. (Sanjeev Verma / HT PHOTO)
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Connaught Place, empty on day eleven of the 21-day national lockdown imposed by PM Narendra Modi, on Saturday, April 4, 2020. (Sanjeev Verma / HT PHOTO)

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A bustling Nehru Place, earlier this March, before the lockdown was imposed. (Sanchit Khanna / HT PHOTO)
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A bustling Nehru Place, earlier this March, before the lockdown was imposed. (Sanchit Khanna / HT PHOTO)

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Delhi’s largest electronic goods market, Nehru Place, standing eerily quiet on day eleven of the 21-day nationwide lockdown on Saturday, April 4. (Burhaan Kinu / HT PHOTO)
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Delhi’s largest electronic goods market, Nehru Place, standing eerily quiet on day eleven of the 21-day nationwide lockdown on Saturday, April 4. (Burhaan Kinu / HT PHOTO)

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Janpath market in January last year, bursting at its seams with eager shoppers. (Sonu Mehta / HT Archive)
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Janpath market in January last year, bursting at its seams with eager shoppers. (Sonu Mehta / HT Archive)

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Janpath market, as seen on day eleven of the 21-day national lockdown on Saturday, April 4. (Sonu Mehta / HT PHOTO)
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Janpath market, as seen on day eleven of the 21-day national lockdown on Saturday, April 4. (Sonu Mehta / HT PHOTO)

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An aerial view of the main market in Paharganj in April last year. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT PHOTO)
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An aerial view of the main market in Paharganj in April last year. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT PHOTO)

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The Paharganj main market, now empty of character, on day eleven of the 21-day lockdown on Saturday, April 4. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT PHOTO)
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The Paharganj main market, now empty of character, on day eleven of the 21-day lockdown on Saturday, April 4. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT PHOTO)

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A view of daily traffic at Vikas Marg, Laxmi Nagar, in New Delhi in October 2019. (Sonu Mehta / HT Archive)
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A view of daily traffic at Vikas Marg, Laxmi Nagar, in New Delhi in October 2019. (Sonu Mehta / HT Archive)

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Vikas Marg, Laxmi Nagar on day eleven of the 21-day national lockdown on Saturday, April 4. (Sonu Mehta / HT PHOTO)
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Vikas Marg, Laxmi Nagar on day eleven of the 21-day national lockdown on Saturday, April 4. (Sonu Mehta / HT PHOTO)

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An aerial view of Sadar Bazar in March, before the lockdown. (Burhaan Kinu / HT PHOTO)
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An aerial view of Sadar Bazar in March, before the lockdown. (Burhaan Kinu / HT PHOTO)

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An aerial view of Sadar Bazar, totally barren on day eleven of the 21-day national lockdown on Saturday, April 4. (Burhaan Kinu / HT PHOTO)
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An aerial view of Sadar Bazar, totally barren on day eleven of the 21-day national lockdown on Saturday, April 4. (Burhaan Kinu / HT PHOTO)

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