[Editor’s note: This is the second in a series exploring empty streets of big cities from photographer Genaro Bardy. His first was shot in Paris and can be seen here. His Desert in the City project will be exhibited in London and Paris and will also be published as a book. You can help support his goals on Kickstarter.]

I HAD THE IDEA of this project while trying to reproduce the spirit of pictures I had taken just before Hurricane Irene in New York in 2011, during the curfew.

So I asked myself: How could I shoot an empty city? Without people, without cars, without tourists? It turns out there is a moment in the year when streets are totally empty, when people are home or away, when nobody is partying all night long: Christmas.

I walked 20 kms between December 24th and 25th from 11PM to 6:30AM to shoot long exposure images of some of the most iconic places of London. Most of the pictures are shot from the middle of the streets and bridges, where cars would ruin the final images.

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Bank - Christmas 2015

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Big Ben Westminster Bridge - Christmas 2015

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Buckingham Palace - Christmas 2015

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Carnaby Kingly - Christmas 2015

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Christmas 2015

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Golden Jubilee Bridges - Christmas 2015

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Harrods - Christmas 2015

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Leicester Square - Christmas 2015

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London Bridge - Christmas 2015

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Monument Station - Christmas 2015

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Northumberland Avenue - Christmas 2015

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Oxford Circus - Christmas 2015

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Picadilly Circus - Christmas 2015

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Queen Victoria Street - Christmas 2015

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Regent Street - Christmas 2015

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Regent Street Moon - Christmas 2015

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Saint Paul's Cathedral - Christmas 2015

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Saint Paul's Cathedral - Christmas 2015

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Strand Lyceum Theatre - Christmas 2015

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The London Eye - Christmas 2015

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Tower Bridge - Christmas 2015

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Tower Bridge - Christmas 2015

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Trafalgar Square - Christmas 2015

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Westminster Abbey - Christmas 2015

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