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CREDIT: Peter Bartlett ARPS

Strange Times

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This is the sixth blog in a series on COVID-19 and lockdown, edited by contemporaryweb@rps.org and contemporarydeputy@rps.org

 

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CREDIT: Peter Bartlett ARPS
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CREDIT: Peter Bartlett ARPS

During the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020 the UK Government introduced a complete lockdown on 23 March, 2020. These restrictions were relaxed on 13 May when we were allowed to travel further and to exercise for periods longer than an hour. In this period of just over seven weeks only essential travel was permitted and we were restricted to just one hour’s exercise away from the home per day.

Throughout this period, I observed the lockdown rules and undertook regular circular walks of around an hour’s duration from my front door in the West Yorkshire community of Lower Cumberworth. My walks took me into the adjacent villages of Upper Cumberworth and Denby Dale.

On some walks I carried a camera to document the ordinary, the banal and the sense of community within this semi-rural area to create a lasting record of strange and difficult times when we tried to live in the moment and not wonder what would come next.