Post lockdown photodiary
Anita Benjamin, Fotonow photographer
Anita is a documentary photographer based in Plymouth that explores the significance of place and land as a dimension of human life, encompassing themes of cultural and social experiences and identity.
15 July Moving Away From Lockdown
As we move out of Lockdown and it becomes business as usual, whilst living with Covid-19, we are beginning to see glimpses of what our new future is going to look like for a while.
On a walk through Plymouth City Centre and the Barbican, stopping for a coffee, I see and feel what is to be our new normal.
Signing in, giving name and contact number, hand sanitising and keeping your distance in a restaurant. All steps and actions to prevent us from catching and spreading the virus whilst trying to keep the economy afloat and to enjoy more freedom and leisure activities, but for me taking away the pleasure and spontaneity gives a constant reminder that everything is far from normal.
Plastic sections installed to provide cubicles for friends and families eating out but keep others separate.
A new way of shopping and trying on clothes with strict guidelines.
Face masks, although compulsory to wear on buses, are being worn by more people in other places now or when leaving their homes. They are becoming the new accessory.
18 July Moving Away From Lockdown
A Saturday morning walk with the dog and it is apparent that as more people begin to wear masks they are becoming a new form of litter.
Play Parks are now open for those wanting to occupy their small children and willing to take the risk.
New signs and precautions appearing on the Estate agents windows and interiors on Mutley plain, including some Barbers; making appointments the new practise.
Businesses impacted by Covid-19, office space once used to sell houses now being used to sell furniture and decorations. Shop signs showing only 3 people allowed in at a time.
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‘I started writing these entries as we were adjusting to the empty streets, empty shelves in supermarkets, the empty days. ‘read more