Covid-19 Photography Project – Lockdown Business

I love projects, decorating projects, art projects, research projects. I love them, they keep me focused, they give me something to aim for and work on, they keep my brain ticking over. Projects make me happy.

Lockdown doesn’t, I understand the logic behind it, the need for it, and I do my best to stick with it, but I needed something to focus on. There was already my Without Us Here project, which had plenty of local pictures, this concept was adapted for Covid-19, sticking to places I had to go anyway, avoiding people – not difficult at the moment, and even made it into the local paper.

But there are so many photos you can take before you need something else to focus on and that’s where #lockdownbusiness came in. Yep, my project has a hashtag – feels more than a little pretentious but I wanted to give people something to remember it by, and hashtags stick so here we are.

I have a few images here to share with you, please do not use these without permission, I don’t want to have to start slapping watermarks on everything.

The concept is simple, these are busy places, colourful, full of music, laughter, tears, sounds, smells. They feel alive, with their own atmosphere, each different from their own, with people coming and going. Now though, they are empty, silent, dark. They’re alone and that is not how they’re meant to be. These mono shots are designed to show the stark contrast between how we remember them and how they sit right now.

Eventually, people will start coming back, but things will change and while we talk about things going back to normal, I’m not sure things will ever be quite the same again.


Published by Michelle Quinton

Mum, wife, perpetual student, freelance writer, weight loss coach, artist and occasionally model. I love to try new things, I love to write and I love studying and researching. Never thought I'd see the day that studying became something I enjoyed, but here we are. My blog is where I put my thoughts, I also plan to start a blog of short stories, with a new prompt for each story.

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