The following pictures explore the connection between ourselves and our natural environment. An opportunity through nature to explore its ability to enhance our emotional and physical well-being. Early indicators have shown that by engaging in both physical and mental activities in the production of these photos has helped to alleviate my own feelings of social isolation, anxiety, and depression.
March 7th 2020. I am continuing to develop a body of work, that is restricted by the the continuing effects of Covid 19. The Nation has been told to stay at home and protect the National Health Service.
March 23rd 2020. Restrictions throughout the whole of the United Kingdom has seen exercise outside the home only permitted for one hour each day. This is a record of those exercise opportunities, a necessary distraction from the physical and emotional trauma that constantly challenges your own well being and testament to the pleasure derived from witnessing the continuing wonderment of nature.
April 17th 2020, the UK government announce the country is believed to be in the peak of the Coronavirus Pandemic. Many of the pictures I am now taking are governed by limited access to areas that are devoid of people. With the death toll rising at an alarming rate and predictions of the number of deaths exceeding 40,000, is clearly having a traumatic impact on my daily life.
July 4th 2020, the Government announce the easing of lockdown restrictions across England allowing businesses to reopen and travel restrictions within England to be lifted. Whilst the pandemic is still claiming lives daily, travel to a wider demographic is a welcome distraction from the daily trauma that has been faced over the previous months.
September 1st 2020. Once again the area I live has been paced under new restrictions, travel is now once more difficult as the second wave of the pandemic continues to claim lives.The introduction of a zonal tier system to control the virus has seen many of the poorer areas in the North of the country affected by the new regulation.
November 2nd 2020 The whole of the England has once more been placed in lockdown, only shops which sell essential items are allowed to. open, travel has once more been restricted to essential travel only. Schools, Colleges and Universities are to remain open with social distancing measures put in place.