From the moment we had our first lockdown in the UK, all my jobs were more or less cancelled or postponed. I had a few jobs in between the lockdowns but like most photographers I know, it’s been a really quiet year in terms of any photography work.
This unexpected free time has made me tackle my admin work, which I usually leave to the last minute or even avoid completely. I’ve needed to update my website for years for example but kept delaying it as I was too busy (or at least that was my excuse)! I’m sure this is a problem for most professional photographers, but it’s such a daunting task to go through years of photoshoots and picking out images for your own portfolio.
On the positive side it did give me lots of satisfaction and fond memories of all the varied work I have done over the years. I really feel very lucky that I have had the opportunity to photograph some of most amazing places in the world and also meeting and photographing such interesting, commendable and kind people throughout my photography journey.
However, on the other hand, looking at my old website, it made me realise that I’m a bit of a dinosaur when it comes to all social media aspects, especially writing blogs or actually posting anything online! I absolutely love to photograph but having to write something which I feel would be of interest to others is not the easiest task or at least not for me!
So my ‘lockdown resolution’ is to embrace social media, and start writing regular blogs (or at least one a month to start!) and also posting more images online, so I can share my experiences with you and others. Hopefully my travel assignments to photo shoots at home will keep you entertained!
To kick this off, I thought of sharing something from home – one of my photo assignment I was commissioned to do for UCL in between our first two lockdowns. Obviously due Covid-19 restrictions, lectures and many other aspects of university life could not go ahead but students were allowed to use allocated spaces for studying under the government guidelines. I was asked to photograph UCL under a ‘Covid Safe’ environment, students studying and showing various spaces of the university where students were able to study safely.