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Lock Down Reflections from Week 3

Athazagoraphobia is a fear of forgetting someone or something, as well as a fear of being forgotten

At the time of writing this 13 April 2020 we in the UK have been in lockdown for a little over 3 weeks. The world is suffering with a Covid19 pandemic and closer to home photography has all but evaporated .. I'm not allowed within 2 metres of anyone and we are all confined to our homes except to go to the shops for essential items and 1 hour of exercise a day.

And yet in some ways it's also a time of great opportunity and reflection.

I'm spending so much time with the family more than even when the kids were babies, and they have both decided to learn guitar with me teaching them.

There is so much going on in an odd way I'm way too busy ...

But what all of this has brought to light is how much in my normal day to day life I take for granted.

I'm listening Flowers in the garden Laughter in the hall Children in the park I will not take these things for granted
Toad The Wet Sprocket

I take for granted that there will be work out there for me to do. People to take pictures of, to challenge and reward me as an artist.

I take for granted that I can pick up a camera, or a phone, and just decide to take pictures ... satisfy my need to push boundaries both within me and the person on the otherside of the lens.

How about spending time with friends, family and others .. I've barely stood infront of anyone but the 3 people I live with for over 3 weeks now.

The list is actually endless, dinner parties with friends, cinema with the wife, pizza on a Wednesday just because you can .. all these things and many many more. All replaced with a sense of fear of even being in the same isle of the supermarket as anyone else.

There is also a fear of forgetting or being forgotten ... will the world still know I exist after all of this is over. Amongst all of the other photographers around, all of use clamouring for work once this over. Will they still remember me ...

And then afterwards ... will I know how to hold a camera, set the dials, edit the pictures ...

It's a very real fear ... I don't want to loose the mojo.

So for the moment at least it's all about being careful, trying not to get this if you haven't already and being ready to go once they let us out of the traps ..

To that end I'm keeping the social media fires well and truly lit. Talking with old connections and new .. keeping myself in the minds of the world at large so at least when the time is right they won't have forgotten about me.

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