lockdown snaps: taking photos despite it all
a quick look at the film photos i took in lockdown last year, to inspire me and hopefully you to pick up your camera when things are feeling bad
last year, lockdown sapped what was left of my creative energy. my depression hit hard and i found that i preferred doing absolutely nothing over anything else. picking up the camera became really difficult during lockdown 1.0, and i didn’t start taking pictures around the house or on our walks til weeks into it.
so i’m trying hard not to fall into the same trap this time round, so i was inspired to look back at some of the snaps i took last year. these were all taken on 35mm film on various cameras across the handful of lockdowns we had in 2020!
picking up a camera to shoot during lockdown may feel like an impossible task that requires a lot of motivation, but i also know that once i start taking photos i feel so so much better. the delay in getting film developed also adds extra allure, since i love forgetting what i shoot and having a lovely surprise later on.
if taking photos feels like a huge task, there’s nothing stopping you from making the task easier. if you’re shooting film, shoot automatic rather than manual, or choose your point and shoot over your SLR (bonus points if it fits in your pocket).
if that’s still too hard, use your phone. if you see something worth capturing, whether it’s around your room or flat, or out and about on your walk, capture it somehow. if you want the exciting mystery of shooting film but on your phone, i can’t recommend the huji app enough (android and ios). shoot a bunch of shots “blind” (through the tiny viewfinder) and resist the temptation to look at them til after you’re done!
make the little moments special and romanticise your days spent at home. they may be many, and they may start to blur into each other, but there are moments in every day that make them significant. maybe it’s breakfast in the sun, or a cool leaf, or reading your book on the couch - if you think it’s worth remembering or immortalising, do it.
if you’re inspired by any of that, please feel free to share them with me! i’m on instagram here and i’d love to see your beautiful little slices of lockdown. thanks heaps for reading!