2021: Year of Hope

No one can deny that 2020 was a challenging for everyone in one way or another due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As we enter 2021 were are still far from seeing the end of this pandemic that has gripped the world. That being said 2021 is being herald as the “Year of Hope”, after the last 10 months I’m sure we could all use a little hope.

With the idea of hope in mind it reminded me of some photos that I had taken back in October, of the “The Leaves of the Trees” a memorial exhibit by sculptor Peter Walker. The exhibit was created to honour those who have passed during the COVID pandemic.

When I heard about Peter Walker’s exhibit, and that it was coming to Sheffield Cathedral I wanted to be able to see it. These may not be not be my best shots but I thought it fitted perfectly with my #LivingInLockdown series. The exhibit was remarkable, I can’t imagine how long it must have taken to make all of the 5000 individual leaves of hope. It’s a simple yet thought provoking and humble memorial.

Related links: Sheffield Cathedral (The Leaves of the Trees) | Peter Walker (The Leaves of the Trees)

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“.

#StaySafe

Nikon School: Free Courses

Stuck for something to do during lockdown while we’re stuck in the house? Why not learn a new skill or add to an existing skill set. One of my good friends brought this to my attention so thought I would share it. Nikon has generously provided their Nikon School: Online classes, free until the end of April. Whether your a beginner or a more advanced photographer I’m sure you can find a course that will interest you.

One of my favourite courses available is the “Discovering Macro Photography” by Joey Terrill. Below is just a very small sample of the courses available.

I’m a Nikon user myself anyway, regardless I think this is a good move on Nikon’s part (I’m aware they are not the only organisation to offer free learning courses). During this time of uncertainty while we are all spend more time at home it’s a good way to help keep us occupied and keep our little grey cells working…..Thank you Nikon.

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