PICTURE THIS!
JAYNE

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”.’