Playtime Is Over

Here it is, the first in my series of #LivingInLockdown – my attempt at recording how lockdown is affecting myself & our local community.

Normally I like to go exploring for photographic inspiration. So this project shall be a little more challenging as I abide by our social distancing guidelines.

We’re now over 3 weeks in to lockdown and our streets & neighbourhoods are quieter. There is something unsettling but also calming about the lack of bustle. Even our children’s play park’s are closed. Seeing them taped off and all the swings etc being tied up with tape is a little bit sad. It makes me thing of a line from the Stereophonics song “Not Up To You” – “Swings don’t swing, the parks been dead for years“.


Autumn Woodland

Autumn is upon us once more. I wanted to capture some of this years autumn colours in their glory and what better place to do this than in woodland so I decided to explore the woodland within nearby Graves Park. The park has so much to offer all year round, from the grassy lawns, woodland and animal park it makes it the perfect place to capture nature throughout the seasons.

I had attempted some photos earlier in the year of the woodland, but they did not not turn out as good as I had hoped. The woodland thrives in Autumn an is more atmospheric showcasing the many different colours and hues of Autumn.

Under the canopy of the trees the woodland can be quite dark, which is why my previous attempt did not fair so well as this endeavour. On this occasion I to captured a few different subjects which I shall share in later posts.

I feel quite lucky that we stay so close to Graves Park, no longer have to trek to the other side of the city. All in all feel lucky that we are surrounded by much more parks etc than where we lived before. As much as living in the city has it benefits it is nice to be able to withdraw to a less urban environment.

I feel I shall have many more photographic expeditions to Graves Park during the various seasons to capture what this natural wonderland has to offer.

Rother Valley

Several days ago my wife and I visited Rother Valley Country Park, which is situated near the border of Sheffield and Rotherham. I have been here a couple of times now and love it.



The park was opened on 27th May 1983 on the site of an old quarry and covers 740 acres, which includes 4 artificial lakes.


The park hosts its own water-sports and Activity Center, along with a Visitors Center. Even if water-sports is not your thing it is a great place to cycle or just out for a leisurely stroll. The park links in to the Trans Pennine Trail for the more adventurous cyclists and walkers.



Personally I just love the surrounding scenery, this was the perfect trip to capture some of the great views from around the park. Although the park is man made it is not that noticeable and complements the area well. Looking forward to future visits in the summer, maybe even try and capture a sunset over one of the lakes.