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.
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
Anita reflects upon the early morning queues and “open” signs on her journey to work as Plymouth continues to emerge from Lockdown.read more
“Six months with years of events crammed in”read more
“My son and I drove to the NHS test site to be tested for Covid-19”read more
“This week has seen the results of the eased lockdown and humans are back in their masses.”read more
“Enjoyed strangers smiling, birds singing in silent streets, better quality of air”read more
“It felt strange to see the streets buzzing with people again and day to day life is still far from normal”read more
“New signs are being erected in bus shelters to ensure people keep safe, as the amount of people travelling on buses is anticipated to rise”read more