Moving Away From Lockdown
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.
September 17 in Lockdown
I took my dog for her early morning walk on a sunny but much colder morning, a reminder that autumn is here. As I walked through the quiet cobbled back lanes of Mutley Plain I reflected back on my first journal entry for Plymouth Culture during lockdown; the fear and anxiety of the strike by an ‘invisible’ enemy causing pain, suffering and deaths worldwide, learning to find new ways of working, living and protecting our selves. Now with shorter days and longer nights where less time can be spent outdoors, we are told Covid-19 infection rates are rising and with winter approaching and more people becoming affected by colds and flues, we become increasingly more vulnerable. The outlook is still very uncertain and feels a little gloomy.
The government have brought out new rules and reverted back to old ones, depending on which area of the UK you live; In Plymouth we are not to socialise in more than groups of 6. Pubs are to shut at 10pm and again we are encouraged to work from home, and there are tougher penalties for not following the rules. People prepare for the second wave and learn to live with the uncertainty, wondering when or if things will return to normal. Christmas for large families is looking problematic and may be experienced a little different for some families this year. Every day my son attends college I wonder when or if he will be sent home because he or someone he has been in contact with has the virus. Some schools have sent out information on what it will look like working from home should the schools close again. For me, working as an outreach support worker with vulnerable adults, procedures tighten around PPE and other protective procedures, therefore heightening the anxiety.
September 18 in Lockdown
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.
September 20 in Lockdown
On a walk today to Cawsands from Mt Edgecumbe, there are reminders should you forget that you always have to be aware and to keep your distance.
October 2 in Lockdown
An emergency appointment to the Dentist for me. Completion of Covid-19 forms beforehand ensuring I am fit and healthy and not a risk to others, hand gelling on entry and wearing a mask are all normal practise when visiting a dentist now. Visible are the ever increasing signs we have become accustomed to, but with changing text and imagery to remind us to keep safe and protect each other.
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