The Coronavirus Pandemic is one of the most frightening and surreal things we've endured in the 21st Century. With everyone avoiding stepping out into the world, and isolating in their homes, it hasn't all been dismal. In fact there have been many positives happen over the past few months; people have taken up experimental baking, exercising in their living rooms, sewn, knitted or have designed their own clothes - and the classic one for some - the comforting benefit of working from your house.
SO WHAT WOULD YOU SAY ARE TWO GOOD THINGS THAT YOU'VE LEARNED DURING THE LOCKDOWN?
Photography aside, mine would definitely be cooking. These almost-ten-weeks have really opened up my longing to discover more about new flavours and different dishes. I’m devouring through Delia Smith, Jamie Oliver and am reading a book called an Omelette and a Glass of Wine by Elizabeth David. A food writer who travelled all over the seven seas, reviewing and describing her love of food in a passionate but warm story-telling manner. All of her food pieces were written throughout the 60s-80s, and they're just so lovely to read.
I’ve sadly also discovered Fanny Craddock - entertaining to watch, but not sure about her cooking! (Watch on YouTube her mincemeat omelette, it’s frightening!’)
It’s hard to think of one more, I could give many many wonderful things that have come out of the lockdown. A tidier house, trying out home-exercises, more petrol saved in my car, more free time to be creative for projects. But as we contact and communicate with our friends and families through phone calls, screen time and even letters, one thing I’ve learned during my time at home is the importance of spending time with your loved ones.
During this crazy time, many of us freelancers have been on edge with watching our finances - myself included. As well as photographing weddings, I also work in the arts and thrive off the busy and chaotic life of being a creator. Networking, taking on new clients and crafting new projects, shoots and fashion editorials. Before the pandemic, I was working 7 days a week. I was earning the most I’ve ever made in my life which was fabulous in one way, but on the other hand I hardly got to spend any real quality time with my partner, I was too tired to do any housework or learn how to cook or bake new dishes - and obliviously - I didn’t see much of my parents either.
I Think many of us have begun to appreciate and realise how much we took for granted spending time at home with the people we love. When I see the odd person walking down the street, they’re stopping more now to chat to their neighbours, community spirit is growing more by the day, and that’s more valuable than a pound note any day.
Family and friends are everything.