Lockdown Photo Diary: Week 11
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.
10 July Easing Out Of Lockdown
A day off from Outreach Support work, I drive to Shaugh Prior with my dog and friend. My friend and I driving in our separate cars to follow the social distancing rules. I guess because it is a week day and with more businesses slowly opening and people returning to work, Shaugh Prior was as we hoped, very quiet, only occasionally passing other walkers. It gave time to forget that we are still living in a precarious time with Covid-19 even though businesses are reopening and people have more freedom to socialise. Even here though the signs are there to follow government guidelines and take hygiene precautions.
The broken fence and wire with the flowers symbolises for me the gradual easing of restrictions that we are experiencing at the moment and more freedom.
12 July Easing Out Of Lockdown
Although we are easing out of Lockdown, keeping safe is still imperative and with more socialising people are being encouraged to wear masks or face coverings whilst shopping or when in close contact with other people. A selfie of my new face covering to wear during my weekly shopping, definitely helps in making people keep their distance.
A drive past Cadover Bridge on Dartmoor today saw many people out enjoying the sunshine and their newly gained freedom.
Others enjoyed sitting in the beer gardens whilst remembering to social distance.
‘A ray of sunshine on a crisp autumn morning and a walk in nature always restores good mental health and keeps my spirits up during difficult times.’read more
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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