Wednesday, 5 August 2020

A Photo a Day 2020 #227



Day one of lockdown documented here in a photo taken on a walk into a weird and sober world. It was quiet, but it felt good to finally feel less guilty for having to quarantine from work as a preemptive measure. Who knows if we had the virus as we have never been tested, but as someone in the household had a cough and I had cold symptoms (like I have all around the year working around lots of germy kids), we were told to not come in. 

This day was a relief because we were all now in the same boat, not isolated from normality as before. 


Tuesday, 4 August 2020

A Photo a Day 2020 #226



This is my favourite building in Fareham to photograph and I've discussed it in previous posts which you can see below. I caught the sky looking rather tempestuous on an evening stroll which kind of makes the building look a bit 80s in a a very pleasing 'Ghostbusters' sort of way! 


Monday, 3 August 2020

Saturday, 1 August 2020

A Photo a Day 2020 #223



This was taken when lockdown was in full swing back in April. I have quite a few beautiful nature shots under the new theme of 'Shades of Blue' which were taken at the start of lockdown when we were venturing into the countryside more to get our quota (and a bit) of exercise. It kept us sane.

Now we have the gyms back (but for how long?) It may be that at some point we have forms of lockdown imposed again. Today there is the suggestion that pubs will have to close for schools to open-- not a hardship for those of us who aren't regulars, but for publicans and booze hounds, not ideal. People being in denial is great for the short term, but we have to mentally prepare for things to get worse again (and if this doesn't happen, marvelous, I'm happy to be one of the miserable, cynical folk).

Yesterday our water cut out and we faced a day of no washing or drinking facilities. We had a few bottles of H2O stored in our fridge that we salvaged from a barely running tap before we lost all supply. I took a shower in the gym (thank God it was finally open at this time!) Water became a precious commodity and we didn't know how long it would take to fix it. Today, we feel like the luckiest people ever. The supply came back and with better pressure than we've been able to get for a while. 

We all covet the lifestyle we were accustomed to and certain things will hit us more personally. For you it might be having a holiday abroad, others may have lost income or struggle now even more than they already did. Looking at my 'lockdown' photos from a just a few months back take me back to a time when, for one moment, we kind of felt a bit more united. I need to hold on to what is important as the down days come and we still wonder what the future really holds.


Friday, 31 July 2020

July: a Roundup


July has been a month of the lockdown being further lifted and yet, despite the pubs and shops being busier, life is not what it was.

As I type, lockdowns are being imposed in areas across the country where there have been a rise in outbreaks, though I hear pubs and businesses are to continue being open. The 'second wave' that we always hear about is the scary thought, yet many people seem to live their lives as if it's all a conspiracy theory and there is no real threat. Funny what fear can do to people.

I've chosen a lot of photos from my archives this month and if I'm honest, that's more to do with laziness than anything else. The excitement for taking photos has dwindled a lot and it's become a burden on some days. Nevertheless, these are important times to document and I refuse to give up on the project!

Black and white photos seem to have been the natural way to go with 'rectangles' as the theme. The architecturally themed images have worked better with this contrast and the mood of July has been reflected in the monotones. Maybe August will be brighter.


A Photo a Day 2020 #222