• Ruth Towell

Lockdown Reflections - Crystal

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 Crystal, have a read of her story:

I’m a Membership Communications and Support Worker for a small charity. During lockdown, I’ve continued to work from home, as has my partner, while we have our twin toddlers full time and produce face visors and ear savers for frontline care workers.

At the start of the pandemic, my partner and I decided to purchase two 3D printers and other equipment to manufacture PPE for frontline workers. We started a fundraiser for this project, which enabled us to purchase supplies to manufacture 2,500 (so far) items - supplying Doctors, Nurses, Carers, Teachers, Ambulance Crews and other organisations working on the frontline.

Initially, the work/childcare balance was very hard but we now appreciate all being under one roof and are keeping happy and healthy. I've very much learned to not take my family for granted and my bond with my partner and our kids has gone from strength to strength. I will definitely continue to make time for family walks and weekly date nights in the post-lockdown world.

I feel that lockdown has brought out the best and the worst in people. Many have thrived and shown a great deal of care and compassion for each other, while others have displayed a level of selfishness that I didn't expect to see. I hope that people consider this year to be a period of needed change and that we come out of it with a greater respect for each other and for our planet.

Although lockdown has had some great challenges, in terms of having to work from home with toddlers running around, it has generally been a reasonably positive experience for me. It's been a time of self-reflection and of appreciating the fantastic friends and family that I have. Relationships have strengthened, but I've also learned what attitudes and behaviours I will not tolerate. Since the start of lockdown our house has been an office, a preschool and a face visor/ear saver factory, we've somehow managed to make the three work together very well and are making the best of an unexpected and difficult situation while giving back what we can.

You can find out more information about the 'Be a PPE Hero' campaign Crystal is running and how to support it here: https://gf.me/u/ya3xrs

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