So... March, April and May 2020. Everything changed significantly. I carried on with my personal zines.
March started on a high with the launch of Shutter Hub's Postcards from Great Britain exhibition in Haarlem, The Netherlands. The exhibition was brilliant, loads of wonderful people came together and we had a lovely time. I washed my hands a lot. The following week I spent a lovely day photographing the volunteers at Gunnersbury Park Museum - in the gardens, around the museum - things were starting to feel different but it was still really lovely!
The last time we went into Colchester town centre in a 'normal' way the daffodils were in full glory in Castle Park and we went into a bookshop we'd never been in before where we discovered a treasure trove of second-hand books in a maze of rooms in a higgledy-piggledy building.
Jobs were cancelled, other jobs took on new forms. I was grateful for being used to working from home a lot, for being able to continue the remote work that I do, and for being safe and well.
We went into 'lockdown' and ticked off a lot of lockdown clichés. We used at least 4 different video conferencing apps and watched streaming theatre, gigs and had online catchups with friends. I did more yoga and tried meditation guided by the lead singer of Enter Shikari. We went for walks, doing the social distancing dance around other people on walks, and we planted seeds. My Home/Work project became very relevant.
British Summer Time began with a snow flurry. There were a lot of very difficult days but there were some good things too. I had a favourite tree and I found a china doll's ear in my garden. We kept walking. We ate Easter eggs, I started baking half cakes, we painted a room and we saw the most incredible display of bluebells I think I've ever seen. We had burgers delivered and I felt more excited than I had done for ages!
I spent a day joining one camera to another. I helped work on Shutter Hub's EVERYDAY DELIGHT (Stay at Home Edition) and relished all the beautiful moments of joy that had been captured. We watched the landscape change, we watched the sky and I'll carry on walking.
Hi, I'm Jayne Lloyd, a professional photographer based in Essex. If you would like to speak to me about working together please don't hesitate to get in touch - it doesn't have to be about zines, but it can be if you like.
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