• Ruth Towell

Lockdown Reflections - Keith

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 Keith, have a read of his story:

"I’ve been furloughed from my job since we went into lockdown. I work for a local church, KingsGate, as a film coordinator in the Media team. My job involves creating film assets for the variety of media pieces we make each week, as well as filming the stories of the people whose lives have been changed since meeting Jesus. This job meant that I would constantly be travelling all over the city with my camera, filming people and telling their stories. Having been furloughed I'm no longer able to be involved in the work that I have been passionately involved with for the last 7 years. I’m the kind of person that likes to be involved as much as I can be so it’s been quite hard. I’ve found it challenging to have so much time. Thinking I could do all the things I’ve had on a long list to accomplish, but often lacking the spark to actually do it. I’ve then felt guilty for not then having achieved what I feel I should have. I’m sure it’s the same with many people. There have been positives during lockdown. The church has continued to grow even online, showing that the church really isn’t a building but the people. It’s also been amazing to get to know people in our street who we have never spoken to, we have a street Facebook page, it’s been so good to see people helping each other and connecting in a way that would never have happened outside of this season. As a musician and a songwriter I have been able to spend time writing some new songs and planning a possible fourth album which is an exciting prospect. I’ve also been able to continue my involvement with the worship team for Sunday online services which has been really encouraging. I definitely think I would like to carry some of the pace of life I’m experiencing into post lockdown as I tend to be mentally quite busy so that would be good however staying up late should probably stop. I’m hoping that the world will have learned a lot during this time and that change will happen. We should have learned what happens if you don’t take things seriously and that should have a big impact on the way we see things. like climate change. I hope as we come out of lockdown, our enlightenment as a nation regarding racism and equality will continue to grow until all people are truly equal not just in the eyes of the law but in people’s hearts. I’d like to say I'm optimistic that the world will be a better place but at the moment I’m just praying it will be."

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