• Ruth Towell

Lockdown Reflections - Cathy

As we are standing on the turning point of the lockdown being eased in the UK, I decided to embark on a new portrait project. Capturing this moment in time, with reflections from individuals about this season and thoughts about how a post-lockdown world might look.

Each portrait is a window into an individual's life, shot through the window of their home capturing the invisible separation that lockdown brings.

This is Cathy, have a read of her story:

"I’m a chef and business owner. I’ve shared this lockdown with my husband, who got back home in time from his work assignment, and my two children. It’s been nice to have my family all together at home, my children are now grown up, so it’s special to have this time together before they move out of home.

Life has been tough on several levels, for me personally it has been hard to deal with the loss of loved ones. Lockdown proved to have detrimental effects on my business and my mental wellbeing.

My business, Crafting Curries, is all about sharing the art of Indian cookery through cookery courses and private dining experiences. 2020 looked very promising with almost all my courses fully booked and numerous private events lined up. COVID-19 saw all these plans cancelled, putting my business on hold. My friends suggested I begin doing online cook along sessions with everyday ingredients, sharing them on social media to reach new audiences. I’ve also been able to produce cookery videos for families to follow. The constant support I had from my participants, clients, business fraternity and family during this time has been invaluable.

A positive of lockdown is that Mother Earth has had a refreshing break, I definitely hope that the world doesn’t return to how it was prior to lockdown."

You can have a look at what Cathy's up to and watch her cook-alongs on her social media pages: https://www.facebook.com/CraftingCurries & https://www.instagram.com/craftingcurries/

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