• Ruth Towell

Lockdown Reflections - Helen Claire Gould

Updated: Jun 19

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 Helen, have a read of her story:

"I’m a science fiction and fantasy author living and working in Peterborough. My lockdown has been shared with my husband Mike, an artist, and our son Jason, an actor and internet gameplay streamer.

As I’m in 3 high-risk groups I am having to self-isolate, so it’s likely that I won’t be able to go out for some time to come – really, until there’s a vaccine for COVID-19. That could be a while off. At present, I can’t go out shopping and shopping online isn’t a particularly good substitute, as it’s awkward sending things back. But you get by.

COVID-19 has made me realise that I need to take my business online, so I’ve been learning how to live-stream, and am experimenting with various video-conferencing systems to find one suitable for my teaching methods and subject matter. I’ve missed not being able to go out and perform my writing at local open mic nights and spoken word nights, but live-streaming means I can reach not only the local audience we’ve established, but also a wider audience, perhaps even world-wide.

After lockdown I would hope the world would be better, this has shown that climate change is real and that we can reduce car use, we can reduce unnecessary air traffic, and generally reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. We have to stand on our own two feet now and go solar, or wind-turbine, or geothermal, and use electric vehicles where possible.

I am passionate about environmental concerns, and it is often a theme in my writing. The trouble is the rich and powerful whose money is made through fossil fuels. We need to wean those people off them and our politicians need to find the political will to offer greener alternatives, if necessary with incentives, to bring them to the wider market."

If you want to find out more about Helen Claire Gould, her writing and her live-streaming performances, you can visit her website: zarduth.com

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