Brighton Photo Fringe 2020 TAKE/MAKE Festival
Meeting ID: 116-100-842 is my self portrait project shot in response to lockdown 2020
As the global pandemic Covid-19 swept across the world; countries, cities, towns, families & individuals were forced rapidly to adapt. Here in Spain we endured the most severe lockdown measures in Europe. Children, the elderly & vulnerable couldn’t leave their homes for 6 weeks. No-one was outside unless buying food or medicines. The streets were policed & empty.
Isolated, locked down, many people alone.
Through a time of severe disconnect I was fortunate enough to make an unexpected re-connection. I joined Zoom kickboxing classes which I’d practised for years formerly in the UK. It became a lifeline. The digital world enabled escape from isolation during lockdown 2020. My fears, anger, frustrations had an outlet. Metaphorically I was somehow fighting the disease, just about staying afloat. Kickboxing enabled me to offset the intensity of suddenly being confined to the house with my two young children.
Rapidly Zoom became part of a global ‘new normal’. Synonymously and fundamentally it symbolised Covid-19. Its screen became archetypal, speaking for now.