• Ruth Towell

Lockdown Reflections - Stephen

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 Stephen, have a read of his story:

"I’m a Filmmaker and Self Employed Business Improvement Trainer and have been sharing lockdown with my wife and grown-up daughter.

My wife works in a residential home and I’ve been worried about her. It’s heart-breaking to hear the news each day with another huge number of fatalities, so this has played on my mind during lockdown.

Covid-19 has meant I’ve lost a small amount of training work, but most of my income now comes from online training that I’ve already recorded, so it’s not been a huge disruption. This means I have been able to work almost exclusively on the film production business as well as complete my Masters. Being able to focus on the film and media side of the business has been great. I really want to continue to do this after lockdown if possible.

Each week my daughter meets up virtually on zoom with some of her old friends from uni, so we created a pub in the dining room, complete with bar, seating area, and band. I play the role of barman and virtually serve the drinks.

I do think there has been an increased sense of community. My little cul-de-sac has always been pretty good as a supportive community but I think that has been strengthened even further as a result of this crisis.

I’ve found that when I’ve taken my government sanctioned piece of exercise each day on my bike, the roads have been quieter and the countryside somehow feels like it’s taken a big breath while we’ve been locked away. I’m not sure how we could carry this on. A world where there are fewer cars would be wonderful.

It would be great if we could learn the lesson and make big changes as a civilisation. Global warming is as real a threat as COVID-19 and likely to take many more lives and disrupt still many more, but we seem incapable of making the sacrifices required. My prediction is that in two years we will be right up there with pollution levels as high as ever, the wealthy will still be getting away with it and the poor will be marginalised."

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