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.
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.
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“.
As of Monday 23rd March 2020 at 8:30pm GMT the UK went in to lockdown due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As we now find ourselves in these unprecedented times of social distancing and social isolation I want to try and record the effects of lockdown in my local community, while obviously abiding by our government’s social distancing guidelines. #LivingInLockdown