Images in the time of Coronavirus: An Alphabet of Isolation
April was spent in some form of isolation, mainly self distancing at home, so when my sister and her husband mentioned a photography challenge, namely the A-Z of Isolation, I was in.
The rules were pretty simple:
- one photo for each letter
- nothing that need too much of an explanation – eg. A is for…
- only inside photos or photos in the garden – nothing further afield
Choices, choices, choices
I tried to capture things that meant something to me during this time of isolation. It was a good project to be involved in, along with other family members. My sister and her husband are now compiling the photos into a magazine/book so we have something to look back on from this time.
We’ve also been sharing some of our shots on Instagram, my sister and brother-in-law in strict A-Z sequence, me all over the shop!
My A-Z of Isolation – in case you can’t tell from the photos
A is for Autumn
B is for Bluey and Bingo
C is for Catch-up chat
D is for Deb’s World
E is for Emu
F is for Fire
G is for Gerbera
H is for Heart
I is for Inside isolation
J is for Jigsaw
K is for Kite
L is for Lamp
M is for Morning Tea
N is for Nice smelling rose
O is for Orange sunnies
P is for Postcard
Q is for Questions
R is for Rainbow
S is for Slippers
T is for Tree
U is for Under the Umbrella
V is for View of the vines from the verandah
W is for Wonderwoman
X is for X-stitch
Y is for Yellow
Z is for Zoom meeting
How it worked
I found it helpful to keep notes of what I was planning on taking photos of, but some letters were much harder than others – see N above!
My husband was also in the
competition challenge, and kept stealing my ideas, although he accused me of taking his shots (jigsaw). We never articulated to each other what we were taking photos of for each letter, we wanted to be surprised each week! He loved taking photos of me in unusual and unflattering poses as I was exercising (for his X photo -don’t worry he’s a Mathematician) and doing yoga (for his Y photo) – maybe we’ve spent too much time together in lockdown lately!
So every Sunday night we would all get together on Zoom and share our photos from the week. Some people took the photos in order but others (like me) were all over the place, I like to think of it as ‘when creativity struck’.
In all we had my husband, sister, brother-in-law, mother, nieces, great-neices, cousins and daughters (for some of the time) involved at any one time. It was a great way to stay connected, think outside the box and have some fun being creative – although I’ve decided I’m quite a literal person.
Thanks to my clever sister and brother-in-law for the idea and for inviting us into their challenge.
Our next project is photos of numbers 1-12, only without using numbers.
How was your April in lockdown spent, did you get up to any challenges during this time?
Debbie is an award winning blogger and lives in the small town of Tumbarumba in NSW Australia. Married for 40 years, with three grown up daughters, Debbie and the Mathematician are avid travellers, cyclists and adventurers. Described by others as a ‘hummingbird on speed’ this active mother and grandmother has also received a bravery award from the Queen.
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