It seems like a long time ago since I wrote a blog post. Most of everyday life has slowed down and business like mine having to press their pause button. However, I've been surprisingly busy, mostly with university work and training courses.
After hearing the most recent government announcement I am very excited once again to get back to the job I love from the 12th April (if all goes to plan). You'll now be able to pre-book your photoshoot from March 29th.
Today I really wanted to touch upon why photography is important, especially in the current climate.
Photography matters. Photography is a way of capturing what is important to us. We have a connection to images, just look at your phone, how often do you snap photographs of your family or even your pets? There is a role for photography in our lives and it speaks to our desires. We often look at photographs to inspire us. Photography also captures precious moments and preserves events, like birthday and marriages, holidays etc. We photograph to document human activity and our human legacy, just like the cave paintings did for us at the very beginning.
Photography can portray emotions like a complex language, express love, sorrow and curiosity. It has the power to move us and make us feel things through its language. More importantly it's an amazing tool to capture family life. How many times do you flick through family albums of family members no longer with us and memorable moments growing up? When we are gone, only photographs will remain to tell our story.
Lockdown has been very tough for many families, we have had to spend months away from each other. I know the first thing I will be doing is visiting family and giving them a long awaited hug. I'll defiantly be taking so many more photographs.
Over the past 10-11 weeks I have been working on a little film project to capture my Lockdown. I love shooting on 35mm film but also wanted to experiment more with 120 film after receiving a large format camera for my birthday. I loaded my two toy cameras with out of date film - which expired in 2002. I wasn’t sure how the images would come out until the shops opened again.
So, with my trusty Diana and New Holga in hand, I used my daily outdoor exercise to capture my walks, nature or objects which caught my attention. During the cold and rainy weeks, my flatmate and cat became my models and I would capture the candid moments, ones which we don’t normally photograph.
This project is very personal to me, I wanted to capture my emotional journey, not all the images are crystal clear but this is why I adore the toy cameras, the movement and softness of the images add a sense of my mental health. I hope to one create a book for myself, having something tangible within my hands will help the memories become an object to document my days in lockdown.
One day, this will be like a terrible dream, days spent separated from family and friends will be a distant memory. However it wasn’t all bad, we had hours and hours given back to ourselves, time to think and time to reflect on what is important in life.
I would love to see any photographs from your lockdown or if you just wanted to chat about your experiences. Words are better spoken.
Have a lovely week and stay safe.
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