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 I loaded my two toy cameras with out of date film - which expired in 2002.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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