DIARIESDocumenting culture's journey out of the crisis
We know this current situation will make it into the history books, but what is it really like to live through it now and how will it be remembered. We have invited creative individuals to record their journey through Covid-19 to create a digital diary.
In partnership with Literature Works, we have invited Holly Peters to be our first contributor. Holly is a 19-year-old student from Plymouth University, studying English Literature with Publishing and is Plymouth’s Young City Laureate.
Our second contributor, in partnership with Take a Part is Katie Oborn who is currently studying journalism on a distance learning course through The National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ). She also writes poetry, fiction and reads her work at spoken word events, when not in lockdown! Katie also has acting experience, loves drama, theatre, dance and performance.
In partnership with Fotonow, we have invited two photographers to capture images that reflect upon this current moment in time.
Anita Benjamin 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.
Raman Feiz is also a filmmaker and writer currently based in Plymouth. He was born in Kurdistan (Iran) and holds a BA degree in Cinema from University of Art & Culture, Tehran (Iran). He wrote and directed the short ‘Sar’, and self-published photo book ‘Life in War’ which depicts people impacted by war.
‘I started writing these entries as we were adjusting to the empty streets, empty shelves in supermarkets, the empty days. ‘read more
Receiving GCSE results, a socially distanced visit to the City Centre and preparations for the return to schoolread more
Local artists perform poetry, dance, music and songs and it almost felt like the old normal.read more
‘Looking back – time a fragmented puzzle, racing but trundling, fast then slow. Not as we have known, close and then far and then close again…’read more
“A visit to a car dealership since lockdown was a little different with Sanitising stations on entrance and all new cars sanitised. “read more
Katie visits Plymouth market Stall 24 selling comfy slippers for working from home and face-coverings for visiting shops.read more
‘The world was beginning to shed its petals, unfurling like spring into summer’read more
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.read more
“Restrictions are lifted, lockdown eases and people continue their lives alongside coronavirus.”read more
“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.”
“It’s like driving around a city I don’t live in. The present straining to fit the past into the wrong shape of the future.”read more
Matthew talks of how life in Lockdown has affected him, his family and his work with Fotonow in the latest of Raman’s Covid Letters.read more