This is the fourth blog in a series on COVID-19 and lockdown, edited by firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Contemporary Group member Andy Thorpe ARPS created a lock-down project several months ago. He’s intending to use the images and create a photobook. Andy describes his project below.
This set is deliberately limited to 13 photos because being infected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus can sadly prove to be very unlucky. (This virus causes the coronavirus disease and has, since February 11th 2020, been known as COVID-19.) The working title is "Furloughed: 13 things not used during the first month of the COVID-19 lockdown".
Initially, the set wasn't sequenced, but the order now broadly reflects what would have been the chronological use of the things over the course of a typical weekday. It starts with no longer having a reason to be awake at 6am and ends with a type of bin that the local authority suspended the collection of during lockdown, which itself could be a comment on what many people thought about life in this period.
I'll underline this project by producing a photobook at some point, plus I'll add some further explanations behind the photos. I’ve produced a virus graphic in Photoshop that will be used for the cover of the book and to indicate the position of each photo in the sequence, with each prong highlighted accordingly. The kitchen table photo will probably be used as a photo for the rear of the book.
My favourites are the razor, trousers and the bread bag. The latter shows the best before date of March 23rd, i.e. when official full lockdown started; it's almost a best before date for life in general....at least for now.
Andy’s project can be viewed on his website https://www.peopleplacesthingsphoto.com/p/85336brs/furloughed-13-things-not-used-during