Winter In Lockdown

The eighth instalment of my #LivingInLockdown series. Who could have imagined that 10 months after the first national COVID-19 lockdown that we would find ourselves in yet another national lockdown.

Now we find ourselves in Winter (which inspired this post), a new year (“hello 2021”) and our 3rd national lockdown since this pandemic began 10 months ago.

This selection of lockdown photos was impromptu compared to my earlier #LivingInLockdown posts (sorry for the lack of photos). As since Autumn, due to work commitments and if I’m honest just sheer lack of motivation. I have not spent as much time recording lockdown as I did in the first lockdown back in Spring. So I took a brief moment out from working to capture the beauty of the recent snowfall from our windows.

Although I am not a fan of being cold I was quite pleased to see the snow (helped by the fact that I did not HAVE to go out in it). As it motivated me to go outside for exercise & take photos (socially distanced of course). Some of which I have already shared on a previous post “Snowfall”, I still have a few more to share when I get around to it. Part of me would be happy if it snowed for the duration of this latest lockdown.

It’s safe to say that I have found lockdown during the Autumn & Winter months harder to stay motivated. Is it because the weather is colder? Is it because lockdown/pandemic is wearing me down? Is it a combination of both of these? The colder weather has definitely made me less motivated to go outside for our allowed exercise. So as a result I have not spent as much time on outdoor photo walks as I did during Spring & Summer. I am not complaining though, we have been very lucky compared to some. Thankfully to my knowledge we have not contracted COVID-19 and are healthy, our family and friends are healthy, and we have been able to work consistently thus far during the pandemic, which I think has helped us keep a level of routine and sanity.

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Lockdown 2.0

So here in the UK (well in England at least) we find ourselves 12 days in to another country wide lockdown. All going well it should only last for a month, ending on the 2nd December 2020. Not to sound pessimistic but we were told that last time, and 3 months later it was still in effect. I’m not going to get all political or get in to my thoughts of what I think will or should happen next on here as its not the place for such ramblings. So moving swiftly on I’m taking each day as it comes and trying my best to look on the bright side of life. You can find the silver lining in most things if you look hard enough.

Although I am working throughout this second lockdown (so my free time will be limited), I want to try to record some of this second lockdown in a similar way to the last one with my #LivingInLockdown project. It will be interesting to see the differences as we’re now in Autumn heading in to Winter instead of Spring in to Summer.

#LivingInLockdown the story so far

As yet I’ve not had the opportunity to get out with my camera, we’ve not really been out for daily exercise like we did during the Spring Lockdown. The colder temperatures & wetter weather hasn’t really been encouraging us to venture out for walks.

Whatever happens in the coming weeks, lets all stay safe.

Lockdown Looking Out

The sixth instalment to my #LivingInLockdown series. I’ve been holding on to this post for a little while now.

Breaking away from the black & white of my previous lockdown posts. It’s not quite went the way that I had originally planned when I first imagined the concept for this one. I hadn’t planned for it to be purely in colour. Also it’s no where near my best photography, not even close. So I hesitated over even publishing this post. As part of me is of the opinion that you should only publish what you believe is your best work. Then the other part of me thought wait I’m trying to document what hopefully is a once in a lifetime situation so just go with it. Maybe that’s the difference with documentary photography, it’s facts not art. Anyway it’s done now, I’ve published it to my site.

For some of us the only view of the outside world at the moment during lockdown is through our windows. As I’ve said before I’ve been lucky to be able to venture outside for exercise etc. Side thought – Think it would be interesting to see other people’s views from their windows. What’s other people’s vantage points are. I chose to focus on the view from the rear of our house from downstairs. The garden still needs a little work but is coming back in to bloom. It’s definitely been providing me with lots of garden wildlife to photograph. Lots of inspiration for future posts.

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Time On Our Hands

The fourth instalment of my #LivingInLockdown series and I didn’t even have to leave the house for this one. So definitely practising #StayHomeStaySafe. This one is not my best photography work I have to say. Documentary style photography isn’t my normal style of photography. Although after all these years I still don’t really know what “my style” is.

So time is something that a lot of us have at the moment. How are all spending it? My days when I’m not working from home I’m trying to spend more time on my photography, which anyone who follows my blog can tell from the drastic increase in blog posts of late. We try to go out for a walk most days so that we’re getting some form of exercise and fresh air. Apart from the not being able to venture far when we do go out, I’m rather enjoying my wife and I being able to work completely from home. I’m definitely finding working completely from home less stressful.

Although days & weeks are sort of merging in to one at the moment. I don’t think we’ve lost track of time yet, wait what day is it? I think working from home has kept us both sane. There are moments when it’s hard to get motivated, so far we are surviving. I’m a bit of a night owl so the mornings are probably the hardest for me. Also when the weather is dull & grey, even though we can’t go out as much I still prefer to see the sun shining through our windows.

I guess one of the things that lockdown is teaching us is to make the most of our free time. Spend it doing things that you enjoy, take joy from the little things in life. Time may be endless, but it also does not last forever.

#StaySafe

Community on Lockdown

The third instalment of my #LivingInLockdown series. This instalment is from the streets of the local suburb where I live.

Everywhere is on lockdown, entire countries, cities, towns, villages, right down to our local communities. We find ourselves 5 weeks in to the UK COVID-19 lockdown. Social distancing, what started as being a bit of a strange experiment has now become the new normal as most of us have settled in to lockdown. Only key workers heading out to work. While the rest of us self isolate at home. The lucky few (or unlucky depending on how you look at it) can work from home (which I count myself lucky).

The street that I live on is pretty quiet in normal times to be honest. So I haven’t seen a big change to daily life on our street with lockdown. Apart from our neighbours possibly doing more DIY. I’m sure the lockdown has affected the people in my community in various ways.

Being at home more due to lockdown has allowed me to explore more of our local community, while on our daily (sometimes not so daily) exercise walks. Before lockdown it was all to easy to get home from work & settle in for the evening, then on days off to venture out further afield to explore. We forget to explore & experience what’s on our own doorstep sometimes.

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City on Lockdown


It’s been a week since the first post in my #LivingInLockdown series. While I was on annual leave last week I spent some of my spare time working on ideas to continue this series. Although this particular post is actually inspired by an outing we had into town on Tuesday this week (so that my wife could attend her blood donors appointment). So here is my second entry in the series of #LivingInLockdown – “City on Lockdown“, original title I know.

This was the first time that I have been into Sheffield city centre since the UK went in to lockdown over 5 weeks ago. It might actually be longer than that as I don’t tend to go in to the city centre much these days. It was very strange to be walking around the city streets that are usually bustling with life and see them almost empty of people. I think one of the weirdest experiences was hearing the town hall clock chime and it echoing along the empty streets.

In some respects it was nice to enjoy the city centre so quiet, but in others it was a very bizarre feeling. It made the lockdown somehow more real. Being at home for the last 5 weeks (apart from going out for a walk to our local parks as part of our daily exercise) I guess we’ve been in our own little bubble. In some ways the lockdown and the COVID-19 pandemic has been happening around us. Being in the city centre and seeing how deserted it was, with most of the shops, and all the pubs, and restaurants closed brought a reality of sorts to this lockdown. We have been very lucky so far that apart from both my wife and I now working completely from home and obviously not seeing family and friends we’ve been relatively untouched by the lockdown.

We’re both back to work and working from home this week after our weeks annual leave. When I’m not working I have more to share as I document #LivingInLockdown.
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