Lockdown Diaries: Snippets of Our Daily Life
I felt like I hadn’t really picked up the camera much over the past few weeks during the lockdown as I’ve retreated into my own bubble — but looking back and the thousands of files in my hard drive I clearly have.
A while back I’ve heard Pete Souza, Barack Obama’s White House photographer, say that often the true meaning or significance of an image doesn’t reveal itself until some time has passed, and I’m embracing that.
The little things I capture right now might not be “newsworthy” or as creative or groundbreaking as I’d like but it’s our life — the boring everyday life — right now.
And I know that someday I will look at these and will be amazed at how significant they were in capturing — and allowing me to remember — this strange time.
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With five children under the age of five running in different directions at warp speed, I was ready to embrace the chaos and let the things evolve as they might. That’s exactly what my approach to photography is all about.
Older children can be tricky to photograph as they are becoming more and more self-aware, but engaging them in the physical play where they can show off their skills and get lost in a moment is often the best way to go.
This American military family was visiting London in January over from Italy where they were stationed at the time, and they reached out to me to document their London adventures before baby number two made an appearance. Despite what you might think, it doesn’t always rain in London in winter and we do have wonderful crisp sunny days and the low northern winter light gives that extra special look and feel to the photographs – but to be honest I can take great family photographs in any weather, rain or shine!