• Ruth Towell

Lockdown Reflections - Susan

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 Susan, have a read of her story:

"I’m a blogger for We Love Peterborough as well as social media manager, photographer & designer at Blue Monkey Web.

I’ve shared lockdown at home with my husband. At the start we took to sitting outside our front door, in this glorious weather we’ve had, to watch anything and anyone going by and have a coffee in the mornings. We’d say hello to people walking by or have a little chat, and funnily enough, it’s something we are continuing to do and enjoy... We’ve found, probably like many others, that we are saving money by not having a daily coffee and also on not eating out!

Lockdown’s been kind of weird as there has been a significant reduction in my day to day work. It has also affected my blog as I’ve not been able to get out and see what’s happening everywhere. I’ve had to look at past photographs, slowly integrating walks around the city in my daily health hour just to be able to post. Not being able to go to events, see new things, post about different areas has been difficult.

It’s been challenging, not being able to visit and hug my son who’s in Nottingham, or hug my mum who was isolating due to age and a few early symptoms in March, and of course not being able to socialise with friends. The other thing is queuing, it’s not the waiting to go in or keeping your distance, but the fact that if queuing is lengthy with no toilets in the centre, you could get caught out with nowhere to go.

The other challenge is people that aren’t abiding by lockdown, yes not everyone wants to be told what to do, but when you could be a carrier and pass it on to others. Rules are there to protect everyone, so it gets frustrating when people don’t follow them.

Personally I would like a type of lockdown to continue... In the very early days of lockdown, cars weren’t on the roads, the streets were cleaner and quieter and you could hear the birds chirping away. It was a surreal situation. I’d love to see a reduction in the city centre traffic, maybe more park and go and no traffic to the centre at all, I say; just go for it and pedestrianise it all."

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