The whole of New Zealand went into level 4 lockdown on 17th August 2021 and after the initial shock and loss of life flow, I decided to focus on some creative routines amongst family life as studies suddenly ground to a halt. I walk most days, but invested in longer more mindful strolls with my favourite headphones, and some thumping tunes. I’ve not listened to much electronic music for a while even though I’m a vinyl record fanatic who consumes sound daily. I mostly listened to Underworld on my walks, who in my opinion are still one of the best electronic bands in the world. Their music is poetic, rich in #feels and definitely lifts ones spirits. I actually danced my head off to these guys live during the mid nineties Beaucoup Fish tour. The album that seems to attract my attention the most is Drift Series One from 2019.
Anyway, 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 wth my own life, that is mostly on the fringes of the 9-5 world. As the week progressed though and as I moved away from that those negative feelings towards a more positive outlook, I started to explore and capture everyday places and compositions on the daily walks from my home in Strowan 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 quite 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 this latest round of lockdown. I used three TLR’s for this series too – the Yashica D, Yashica 635, and a Rolleicord VB- to add a mix of aesthetics to the set.
With the South Island heading to level 3 as from Tuesday, things are looking up, and by applying contactless processes it will enable me to continue with the beekeeping project/ portraits as the weeks tick over towards the completion of my photography degree in November. Here are the images from the 17th August to date, and I aim to continue capturing images until we move to level 3, with the goal to publish a zine- with a central theme not yet identified.
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