Today is day 11 of lockdown in the UK. Aside from a few snaps I have been able to take while on my daily walk I haven’t taken any photographs since lockdown began
For many of us photography is not something that you can just turn off. You can’t just stop being a photographer.
Photography is like and itch that needs to be scratched.
At the moment I am constantly looking for ideas for things that I can try around the house. This week I was inspired by something that I saw on Twitter.
Wayne is a photographer based in Dunedin, New Zealand that I have been following for a while on Twitter.
Mostly I enjoy seeing his landscape images taken of the south island. However, recently Wayne started a new serious that really caught my attention.
Since the lockdown was introduced in New Zealand Wayne has started to post multiple exposure selfies taken around his house.
What I really like about Wayne’s images is that he has managed to capture exactly what it feels like to be me to be stuck in the house. The have a certain restless quality to them.
To me they tell the story of man that is trying to keep himself busy. I am sure that most of us can relate to that.
Now if you watch my YouTube channel you will probably know that I love a good selfie. I was so inspired by Wayne’s images that I decided to have a go for myself.
I am pretty pleased with my attempt, I think it works well.
However, if feel it lacks the feeling of restlessness that I got from Wayne’s original. I think it has a more melancholy feel to it that probable reflects my mood at the time.
If you would like to see the process that I went through to create my lockdown selfie check out the video below.
Thank you to everyone who sent me their selfies. Submissions are now closed.
I have received over 50 most of which you can see below. Unfortunately I have not been able to upload all of them as some where too big.
Your Lockdown Selfies
“Have to admit I was shocked when Jules sent me his selfie, it’s just not really his thing. But then he has always been the first person to support me in whatever I do so I shouldn’t have been surprised.”
“I love the inclusion of Chris’s partner in his lockdown selfie. It reminds me that although these are difficult times some of us are fortunate to be sharing it with a special person.”
“I love the creativity in this shot from James which shows him taking on himself at Dungeons and Dragons. I also find it rather poignant, reminding me how we are all probably missing the people that we would normally share our passions with.”
“I first met Phil when he attended one of my workshops at the end of last year. I love the humour in his shot. It reminds me that a little laughter will help us get through these difficult times.”
“I really appreciate the extra effort to wear different outfits and to take part in different activities. Little touches like including the camera on the table also add to the narrative.”
“One of my personal favourites. I love how John has taken the time to include my lockdown selfie on the TV. And… …wait a minute… …who’s that photobombing my shot!!!?”
“Some of you may recognise Jeff from some of my videos when he was staying with me back in February. I can well relate to the figure on the righthand side!”
“Although not strictly a ‘selfie’ I love the idea of getting the kids involved. Anything to keep them entertained for a few minutes!”
“Another personal favourite. At first glance this looks like a 4 brothers enjoying a family barbecue. It is only when you look really close that you can tell that is is actually the same person.”
“Now here is a name that I recognise! Daniel is a frequent commenter on my YouTube channel and even took part in the ’52 Assignments: Landscape Photography’ that I did a little while ago. Nice to be able to put a face to the name.”
“Good to see that my good friend Gordon isn’t wasting his time in lockdown and is getting plenty of work done in the garden. Well, four of him are at least!”
David Leslie Williams
“Whilst not strictly a lockdown selfie this was too creative not to feature!”
Graham Ralph Hunneman