And so 2020 arrived. I’d really shot a huge amount in the last few weeks of 2019 and knew that I had plenty of images to keep me busy for the coming months. With that in mind, I focused on work and put all thoughts of arranging anything new until later in the year.
As January passed we began to hear more and more about Covid-19, a newly discovered virus spreading in China. From the outset I had a bad feeling about it and closely followed the news. I realised by mid-February that this was going to be a huge problem and thanks to both the large amount of global travel and dithering Government policies it was inevitable that the virus would spread throughout the UK and Europe.
It was no real surprise when near the end of March we were all placed in lockdown and confined to our homes. At the time, although many people seemed to think it would only be for a few weeks I knew it would be more like months. I couldn’t have imagined though what was to follow and even now as I write this at the end of 2021 it’s not over.
Lockdown was a horrible time. I spent every day in bedroom working from home, often until 9 or 10pm at night. Being shouted and abused was a daily occurrence due to the nature of my job (I work in the UK travel industry). My only respite was a Saturday or Sunday when I could get out of the house. Initially for an hour, but later on for a bit longer.
This post is dedicated to those months of March to July and my wanderings out of the house whenever I was able to. Looking back, I was fortunate the weather was so kind and thankfully the constraint on only being allowed out for 1 hour a day was relatively short lived allowing me the ability to dedicate a full day to getting outside.
I hope in my lifetime we’ll never have to repeat this. I’m one of the lucky ones, but life has been turned upside down and I’m not sure will ever be quite the same.