• Ruth Towell

Lockdown Reflections - Steve

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 Steve, have a read of his story:

"I retired at the end of 2018 after 33 years of working for BT. Since retirement I travelled a lot in the UK and, only back in January, to South Africa. My life revolved around visiting pubs (architectural interest as well as the beer!), going to football all around the country, and going to gigs all across the UK, most of my time was spent mixing with people and being in close proximity in crowds. I’ve spent lockdown at home with my two cats.

During lockdown I have sometimes found myself atrophying, just sitting, doing nothing and with no energy to overcome the inertia. I’ve had to consciously combat this by making myself do things and when I do them suddenly I feel full of energy. It’s been very strange observing this in me.

I have actually strangely, and I never thought this would happen, really enjoyed not going out, appreciating what I have around me, spending more time with my cats and in the garden (which looks better than it ever has in the 12 years I have lived here!). I of course want to return to travelling about, but I also want to hold on to the peace I have found in this unexpected place.

After lockdown, I would love to believe the world will be better but I don’t. Already the way people are relaxing too much as lockdown eases shows people haven’t changed. The racism in our society is still all too evident. I don’t have faith in our Government. The county is still leaving the EU. I think it will revert back to progressing as before and this period will just become a “ do you remember back in 2020 when we…..” conversation. All we can do, those of us who care, is keep working to make the world better, just like we always have."

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