Freelance photographer and mother of two children Francesca Nelson document life in lockdown.
He has known his neighbors by going out and taking portraits from people’s doors, and chatting with them about how life works in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic.
This project was born from the inability to do his usual work, as well as the desire for human interaction.
“Not only am I homeschooling for my two children but I now have less time to finish work and that can be a challenge,” Francesca told Metro.co.uk. ‘I haven’t been able to work as usual, which means that photography has calmed me down.
“I am used to shooting people and being close and personal and that is not possible during this crisis.
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‘By not being able to work the usual way I crave some form of creativity, I want to take my camera and just capture.
‘Hearing others’ stories locked and work situations feels like the perfect way to get together in the community and connect at the time of termination.’
To take each portrait, Francesca put on her mask, adjusting the distance – further than the recommended two meters, because Francesca had asthma so was very careful – and shouted out directions and questions.
“I told all my neighbors about the project by opening a few printed slips printed about it through their front door,” Francesca said. “I have few responses to get started, but those involved are really interested in the project and really enjoy the idea.”
He will remember the interactions he has taken on this portrait forever.
“I have met some of the most sincere and friendly people through this project,” he said. Some This has really restored my faith in the world in some ways.
‘What surprised me was how happy many people were. Families get together and make the most of this time, we might not experience the same thing again.
‘One family I met recently had a family death, because this coronavirus meant that there were no hugs for other family members at the funeral and social distance had to be established. When I met this family, they were very kind, very friendly and even though they had lost this time, they had an aura of calm and positivity around them, I would not forget them in a hurry. ‘
In addition to meeting Francesca creatively and allowing for social relationships, the project is running better raising money for Women’s Aid, with Francesca preparing for a fundraiser and promote it next to the photo on Instagram.
Look at his portrait so far – and the story of their subject – below.
Mike and Nicola
Mike works from home while Nicola still has to physically go to work.
“Like everyone, our lives have changed dramatically but we have to adapt and make the best use of the situation,” they said. “We will all come out of this in the end but wonder what the new world will be like.”
Tim, Jelena, and their daughter Loisa
The team works from home while Jelena goes to work once or twice a week to help vulnerable people who are at risk of losing their homes, working from home for the rest of her days.
They do not have child care and back garden.
“It is terrible to see the misery of the enemy unseen and the difficulty of locking in,” Tim said. ‘But I have learned to count my blessings.
‘I often joke with a coworker who spends most of my life with them rather than family. This past month – I worked and spent it all with my family.
‘Yes, I miss being among people, colleagues and seeing my wider family. And aspects of “normal” life such as being free and in and out.
‘But I also like this” new “way of doing things. Although this is not for everyone – I am grateful to spend more time with loved ones, when we most need each other. ‘
Jelena added: ‘We were locked in because of the saddest circumstances. But as a mother to a toddler who is supposed to be with the child’s caregiver for most of the workday, I am very happy to be around her every hour awake, keeping it safe, even when the world around us changes in ways that I cannot. never imagined.
Kiefer, Natasha and Mouse
“Lockdown hasn’t changed much for me to be honest,” Kiefer said. ‘I am a postman so I will still work as usual – if there is I work more because we are very short of staff!
‘Overall I think that locking has been really good for a number of reasons. People are learning new skills, spending much needed time with family, focusing on eating better and exercising and the world itself has recovered massively.
“Personally, I don’t think it’s a bad idea to be locked every year (not for months, maybe just one or two weeks) for the benefit of the world!”
Natasha added: ‘Lockdown for me has highlighted the lack of balance in my work life. It’s crazy that it takes a pandemic for me to feel more relaxed. I feel ashamed to say it! I hope it does not become insensitive as I know that there are people who are not so lucky and have a terrible time.
“I think it has just given me time to stop and judge, but also with cautious hope that my family and I remain healthy.”
Rebecca and Alani
Rebecca is a life coach and therapist who works for the NHS from home.
“Lockdown for me has highlighted how so many of us are forced to think and deal with some of our painful thoughts, feelings, fears, and trauma,” he said. ‘Many of us have more time to be one with our thoughts and difficulties that we mentally avoid from dealing with before.
‘Personally, I have used this time to do a lot of self-reflection, while supporting others to do the same.
‘I find the work I do very satisfying, especially at times like this when fear, stress and anxiety have become comfortable in responding to all these uncertainties.
‘For me, my form of therapy for the past few months has been spent with my cat, Alani. He provides comfort and calm in the face of high anxiety, social isolation and loneliness. “
Debbie and Jenny
Debbie is a piano teacher who now uses her time to volunteer on the phone to help each other, helping those who are vulnerable and at risk during this crisis.
He said: lock Lock for me, aside from all the really worrying news, was a positive moment. This gives me time to work in the garden, do the right job and volunteer, learn new skills.
“We all have to adjust, but there is a sense of togetherness and connection when we discuss things together.”
Tasha, Jason, and their three-year-old son
Tasha and Jason both work from home. They don’t have child care and Tasha is eight months pregnant.
“Well, locking was never part of the pregnancy plan but I’m grateful I could work from the couch,” Tasha said. “After the initial frenzy to try to make everyone’s routine work together, work from home, keep the little one involved and continue learning, stay on top of homework, adjust birth plans and so on, we pretty much ended up adapting to every day and week like we need and choose the family first.
Olasi Isolation is not a normal way of life for most of us, but we do what we can to stay connected with friends and family. Also could not be more grateful for the sun! ‘
When asked how to be home with mom and dad, Tasha and Jason’s son said: “Good. Playing in the house is good. Playing football is good. A little out in the park. A little picnic at home.”
Jack and Clare
Jack and Clare both work from home.
“We feel very fortunate that locking is not a problem for us,” the couple said. ‘We have spent the last two years DIY renovating our homes and gardens from the start and this time has given us the opportunity to enjoy our hard work and finish the last little work.
“We already know that this is a friendly road to live in, but the lock has given us the opportunity to talk to more of our neighbors – both physically and physically from a safe distance.”
Talah, Nick, and Lana are 18 months old
‘Work part time but work all the time. Big eyebrows, questionable mustaches, and one too many video calls, but still trying to take the time to make scones in the sun. “
Leanne, Steve and their three children, Finley (nine), Sophie (seven), and Albie (two)
Leanne and Steve are working from home. They live with Leanne’s parents and have no childcare. Leanne is 22 weeks pregnant.
‘This is a busy time at work,’ said Steve, a middle school admissions officer, ‘but I have been able to work from home for most of the locking period, only having to go to school once a week.
‘Although challenging, lockdown has been an amazing experience for our family. Being part of our children’s school (thankfully, my wife is a qualified teacher, so it has been brilliantly structured), exercising with them every morning, spending time with them cooking, gardening, painting etc. has become a joy and a blessing.
“We have become closer as a family and I will definitely remember when we were together.”
“I worked as a teacher in kindergarten and was lucky enough to work from home during this time,” Leanne said. ‘While this is very challenging, I really like this moment that we can spend time together and we have focused on building our relationships as a family and making memories together.
“I hope we never return to” normal “and I will make a real effort to keep some of the changes we are forced to make, post-lock.”
Children love locked life.
“We have fun outside of school,” they said. ‘We work in the morning and then we can play all afternoon.
“I miss my friends at school, but I prefer to be at home!”
Paul, Reece and Izzie
“We have been secluded since March 17,” Paul said, “although Reece is an intensive care nurse at Great Ormond Street Hospital, so he has come to work and has seen the effects of COVID 19 firsthand, although it is not very bad for pediatrics, thank God! ‘
Reece added: “Paul has worked from home and remains busy – we are fortunate to have space, a garden and the internet, our biggest concern will be to break Izzie’s heart when we return to normal and we are not around 24/7. ‘
Ben, Alice, and Isaac are three months old
Alice is on maternity leave. Ben works from home in the nursery.
“Lockdown is certainly not what we expect for the first year of parenthood,” Alice said. Orang People prepare you for birth, breastfeeding, and lack of sleep, but no one can warn us about how difficult it is to handle the life of a newborn in a locked place.
‘We really miss our family, some of whom have never met our son, we feel he might lose some key experiences like meeting other babies and joining baby classes. I certainly missed all the promised cakes and coffees.
‘It seems we miss the community that we hope will play a big role in our son’s life.
‘Ben is currently working from home which means he was very much there during these formative early years and was very active as a father.
“We have now celebrated Mother’s Day, our fifth wedding anniversary and anniversary in lockdown and we are just trying our best to enjoy our time together as family!”
Cecilia, Paddy, and Willa are six months old
“Our Willa is six months old so I am still on maternity leave for another six months and Paddy will complete six months of maternity leave next week,” Cecilia said. ‘Because the two of us are still on leave, our daily lives haven’t changed much since being locked.
‘We were lucky to buy a house before it was locked so that we could use this time to work at home. It’s great that we haven’t been busy rushing and have quality time to bond as a family.
‘We have Willa after four and a half years of infertility and we look forward to sharing cute and sweet little girls with our loved ones.
‘Unfortunately the lockdown means that Willa hasn’t met many special people for us. If it wasn’t for the lockdown we would have spent six weeks in the US with my family and friends. My mother was especially sad to lose this time with Willa and I can understand this because Willa might be her only granddaughter.
“We are also sad to lose Paddy’s mother a few weeks ago and it is difficult for us not to be with her family in this sad time.”
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