As Boris’s lockdown speech was echoing in my ears I can remember thinking “Hmm….I wonder how this is going to pan out!"
Well, within a few weeks I went from being a moderately busy photographer, safely holed up in my studio chatting to a few agencies about potential jobs, to a mildly inebriated short order chef, cleaner, ironing person and shockingly poor home school teacher.
As jobs were postponed and others died altogether, my focus shifted immedialtely to my family and I must say that it has been immensely ejoyable to spend so much uninterrupted time with my wife and children. 10 weeks down the line, however, and I suspect that they are all sick of the sight of me.
Under lockdown we have experienced 18th birthday parties, culinary delights, gastronomic disasters, total meltdowns and tears of joy! The prolific Zoom meetings and constant quizzes have started to lose their lustre and, finally, I now find myself slowly returning to the world of work. Who knows what exactly that is now going to look like but one thing I do know is that I really do feel ready to embrace my creativity again and throw myself back in the world of photography. This enforced break has actually been very liberating and, apart from the niggling fiancial worries in the back of my mind, I have done my best to embrace it and make the most of what I can.
Over the next few weeks I am going to try to get my work life back to some semblance of normality and can't wait to start taking pictures again. Whilst I will miss spending so much time with my wife and children I definitely won't miss the glaring spotlight which has shone down to expose the spectacular gaps in my knowledge of year 5 maths!