SEEING THINGS IN A NEW LIGHT
‘Summer 2020. During lockdown, I got into the habit of taking walks around my neighbourhood (Finsbury Park) at night, and sometimes I’d stop to take pictures on my phone. There was a really unusual stillness and quiet in London then and, like lots of people, I found that suddenly I was noticing everyday things in a new way – things like the dramatic ways the trees were lit by the street lights against the night sky.
Looking at these pictures now, it makes me think of those months when we all stayed at home and didn’t venture much (physically) beyond our immediate communities. It was the summer when the first ‘Picture This’ group took shape, and it soon became much more than a language-and-photography group; it became a kind of community or – as Sarah (Sheldon) would put it, a “little lockdown family”.’