Updated: 3 days ago
As I write this we are currently in lock down. The population of the UK can only leave their houses to go food shopping and for exercise once a day. We now use new phrases such as social distancing, self-isolation, stay at home, and key workers are known as the new true heroes. I have never experienced something such as this in my lifetime. Its all because of a virus called Covid-19 that started in China and has now swept the world.
So, here we are. How does a photographer with no workshops, no families, no weddings to shoot keep busy and feel inspired during this time? Firstly, I invested in a new macro lens so I'm getting busy with the tiny world. Bring me all the bugs and flowers! Loads of fun!
Anyway, after being inspired by seeing another photographers work up north, I decided to embark on a human project. Capturing people in quarantine. How often does a photographer get to document the times we live in, in such a monumental way?
'It's an artists duty to reflect the times in which we live' - Nina Simone
So how am I doing this?
- You have to live within walking distance of my home so I can pass by on my daily exercise.
- I will shoot you from the pathway so we don't even come close. I'll be at least two metres away! I won't even knock on your door, we will agree a time and I will text you when I'm outside.
No rules will be broken at all and no-one will be put at risk. I will just pass by and take a shot then be gone!
In order for this to be walking distance from my home, I am covering Southbourne, Tuckton, Wick... as far as I can walk there and back within an hour really!
So, here it is, The Two Metre Movement; people in quarantine, with a few added animals or documentary shots thrown in for good measure! I'll add to this as the project goes on. Thank you to one and all involved! It's great getting to meet so many of my local community (from a safe distance - of course!) and spreading that little bit of happiness and positivity that we all need.