Student Support and Guidance Tutor
During the lockdown unsurprisingly I found what I took photos of changed. I wanted to capture not only how I spent this unique and surreal time (when I wasn’t online) but also the changes in my local community. I took literally hundreds and hundreds of pictures. When I tried to edit these down to a manageable number I found they could be loosely divided into two categories.
I am studying for an MA in Photography, History and Theory and had already started a project on shadows. Lockdown and social distancing meant spending a lot of 2020 alone. Cycling all became my sanity. I spent a couple of months delivering scrub kits to people isolating at home who wanted to get involved with making scrubs for the NHS – I documented this by looking at changing light and travels on my bike through capturing interesting shadows. I also started working at Farley Farmhouse, home of surrealists Lee Miller and Roland Penrose so got a bit obsessed with shadow play.
Changes in the local community and changing seasons – the pubs and cafes of Lewes were shut so people made their own entertainment – my favourites were Street Karaoke and a really poignant photo of an old lady patiently waiting on a chair she had brought out into the street in the hope someone would stop for a chat. I also found I noticed nature much more and got completely obsessed with the tiniest changes in my garden.