Lockdown Photo Diary: Week 9
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.
25 June in Lockdown
My son and I drove to the NHS test site to be tested for Covid-19; A test provided for those who think they might have the virus, essential workers and up to three family members living with them. It was a surreal and slightly alien experience. We followed the signs to the first stop, a portacabin, where we were instructed to follow the route to the next portacabin (through make-shift lanes set up on waste land) where ID was taken by masked security guards and then on to the final stop at another portacabin to be tested. Engines off and windows up at all times until instructed to wind down our window for testing via swabs to the throat and nose. Once done (after a little gagging and watery eyes) we were given cards to confirm we had been tested and told we would be informed of the outcome through text within 48 hours.
27 June in Lockdown
Teenagers enjoying each other’s company whilst taking sensible precautions; distancing and mask.
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
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