We live in a very different world at the moment. It's strange and it's difficult but the good news is, it won't last forever (we hope)!

Due to having a heart condition and a low lung capacity I have been in lockdown for over three weeks at this stage(April 12th ) and I wont lie, I am finding it difficult. I live in a shared flat but we all tend to keep to ourselves and so in effect I live on my own. My son has dropped in occasionally with stuff I need and it's been great to see him, although not being able to hug him has been difficult. Even worse I can't hug my granddaughter :( 

Obviously this is having a dramatic effect on my photography. I really only shoot two things - street and portrait - and both are affected equally. Sort of. 

I haven't been able to do any street at all, of course but I did find a way to get round the lack of model shoots. A couple of years ago I was having a chat with my lovely friend  (Hi Sals) and I was moaning about never having the money to travel to shoot models who live away from where I am based. She suggested doing Skype shoots. I thought this was brilliant!  We did a quick google to find if anyone else had done this before and only came up with one guy. Unfortunately I cant find that link now but he was Australian and he had done it about 10 years ago. It was excellent and so I decided to go for it. 

Ok so fast forward to 2020 and now more than ever the Skype/Zoom/facetime  shoot has definitely become a 'thing' . Obviously I started again and I have noticed loads more are doing it. (I've always been ahead of my time-just no one knows it)!

I have seen local photographers take it on board and even some 'big name' photogs I follow on Instagram are doing it. 

The quality isn't always great and I think in this case the gear may make a difference to that. Either way, I think it's safe to say that creatives will always find a way. 

On a side note , I saw a guy on YouTube who is doing street photography from google maps street view!  I'm pretty sure that's cheating though. Haha-maybe that's a conversation for another day.

Keep shooting. 


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