In the spring of 2020 the coronavirus crisis temporarily interrupted my life as a landscape photographer, restricting access to my beloved Lake District. Allowed out just once a day to exercise I used my photography to reconnect with the area around the village where I live.
The coronavirus crisis could not have come at a worse time for me.
In August 2019 I had left the security of my job in IT to go full-time as a landscape photographer. Over the winter months I worked hard to promote my fledgling business and the early signs were good. My diary was full of workshops and 1-2-1s and I was optimistic about the future.
However, my progress was brought to a shuddering halt when on Monday 23rd March Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the UK would enter a period of lockdown in light of the escalating Covid-19 pandemic.
With my workshops and 1-2-1s either postponed or cancelled altogether I suddenly found myself with time on my hands. With my beloved Lake District out of bounds and confined to the house except for exercise I set about photographing my local area whilst out walking each day.
– Chris, May 2020
In just a few short weeks lockdown had a profound impact on me as a photographer. It helped me to reconnect with my local area and to find the beauty in a landscape that I had previously taken for granted.
I have found that focusing on more intimate scenes has helped to inject a little more creativity into my images and I have developed a new love for black and white photography.
How long lasting will these changes be? Only time will tell.