The whole of New Zealand went into level 4 lockdown on 17th August 2021 and I walk most days, but invested in longer more mindful strolls with my favourite headphones, and some thumping tunes.
The combination of music with movement and sunshine- has been a positive investment of my time over lockdown, and I’ve used this outside time to conceptualise some photographic projects and goals, as well as ‘letting in as much light’ as possible. Early images were staged and an exploration of the feeling of suffocation that I feel during lockdown confined at home, as society’s routine shifted and collided with my own life, that is mostly on the fringes of the 9-5 world.
As the week progressed, and as I moved away from those negative feelings towards a more positive outlook, I started to explore and capture everyday spaces and compositions on the daily walks from my home in Strowan Christchurch, along Papanui Road to Hagley Park and back.
These images represent the confines, isolation, observations and the positive daily routine of ‘freedom’ walking. The collection is dark and light, positive and negative, random and ordered, and in essence bipolar- all of which represents my state of mind, and where it has wondered during the 2021 round of Covid lockdowns.
A zine to present this series of images is currently underway and expected to be available by the end of 2022.
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