• Ruth Towell

Lockdown Reflections - Saskia

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 Saskia, have a read of her story:

"I was working as a fashion stylist before lockdown and have spent this time at home with just my two cats. I’ve adhered to the social distancing and seeing friends has become a lot easier with the new rules. I’m hoping for the sun to come back so I can have more garden time with them.

Lockdown has changed my routine massively, I’ve been on furlough now for over 2 months and I’m now facing the possibility of redundancy after the pandemic, which is a really scary situation. I have been using my time to refocus on dreams and goals I never thought I could do such as becoming a game streamer and learning Japanese.

This was all up until the black screens hit down and another black man was murdered by cops. This shifted my focus to the Black Lives Matter Movement. What started as a little post asking my friends to join me in a peaceful protest sitting down with signs turned into nearly 1,000 people coming out in protest and to be heard.

It was a really challenging vigil to organise, big thanks to Paige Fraser, Daniela Martins and Vitor Luntam Seidi, without these three people there is no way it would have been as well organised as it was. COVID-19 meant we faced many challenges in keeping it safe and maintaining social distancing.

Many people were saying we shouldn’t be vocal and protest during a pandemic. I think it’s really easy to say we should wait when racism isn’t in your shadow, but any person of colour will tell you enough is enough and we can’t stop the conversation or put it on hold any longer.

I think I speak for many people who are so proud of Peterborough right now for showing up, not just black people but mixed/white/asian/young/old all showed up to stand for Black Lives Matter. I am hopeful this will bring about true change and that people understand its not enough to say you aren’t racist anymore you need to be vocal and be anti-racist.

I don’t know how the world will be after the pandemic, I think we need to be united and I think coming together for BLM is only going to help support everyone after."

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