OUTER SUBURBS 209 – CORONAVIRUS 2: THE DAYS WE LIVE IN

 

 

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Still with some (hopefully decreasing!) leg problems, I’m out walking the early morning streets of the Outer Suburbs again.  Decidedly quiet and deserted streets, a strange hush and calm over most areas and, in this lockdown, I’m allowed to walk as this counts as my one period of exercise outdoors per day.

I thought about taking some pictures of the lockdown but, mostly, its just that – nearly everything quiet, closed, shut down, locked down, hardly the stuff of interesting images – I’ll leave someone else to document it.

But this did catch my eye.  Outside a favourite pub, with the sun coming up, the children’s playground in lockdown too – no one goes on the swings today.  I found this very striking, and moving too, the virus reaching down through all age groups of our society.

The pub itself, behind, is closed indefinitely as are all pubs in this country, with notices on the windows saying that no cash or food / drink stocks are stored within – for even in times of trouble and distress like these, there are always those ready to take advantage of any opportunity.  And in the background, a car park beside a major supermarket, with but a single car.

However, sad though all this is, I will continue to walk the streets: it makes me feel good and, quite apart from the virus, we need to keep up our mental health too – and its always good to be out bright and early in the day.  And I’ll continue to drink world class Belgian beer too, for that matter – though I realise that this may be a rather less than universally accepted panacea …

My first post on coronavirus is here: 1 .

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Technique: TG-5 at 28mm (equiv); 400 ISO; Lightroom, starting at the Camera Vivid profile; south Bristol; 28 Mar 2020.

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About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for many types of subject, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

8 Responses to OUTER SUBURBS 209 – CORONAVIRUS 2: THE DAYS WE LIVE IN

  1. bluebrightly says:

    Seeing the tape on the swings is just so poignant, and troubling, too. I get you about leaving the pandemic documentation to someone else but I appreciate that you will break the rules when the muse calls. It did this time.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, taking pictures of empty suburban streets doesn’t do much for me really, and I’m not really into photographing very long, social distancing queues at supermarkets either.

      But its strange – and I know I’m not alone in thinking this as I’ve spoken to others – but walking these deserted streets, often down the middle of the roads as there’s very little traffic away from the main roads, well the whole thing has a strange fascination, even beauty, even a desolate, apocalyptic beauty perhaps; its can be quite an experience. 🙂

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      • bluebrightly says:

        Definitely. But like the news, you have to take it in small doses.

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        • Adrian Lewis says:

          I very much agree about watching the news in small doses, because even outside these virus times it can be depressing – due to “good news is no news” I suppose.

          But I disagree about walking the empty streets – for me, personally, I like it, it brings peace and even a sort of exhilaration. My ageing legs complain a bit, but this morning was lovely, cool, sunny; I walked for 105 minutes, took 53 photos (which surprised me) and could have walked on for another hour at least. I saw less than 10 other walkers/runners. 🙂

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  2. krikitarts says:

    May April 1st bring some intelligence to the fools out there who still don’t take this fully seriously!

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      I very much share your hopes, Gary. It is quite a comment on the human animal / condition, I think, that something of this magnitude can occur, and yet elements of the population are still not able to realise what is staring them right in the face.

      Natural selection??? Well that’s all fine and dandy >>> but I’d rather not be selected out due to someone else’s cognitive / behavioural shortcomings! (Although I will admit to already being An Old Fossil … ) 🙂

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  3. Janet says:

    That is a kind of journalistic photo there Adrian. It’s almost surreal like a scene from a movie about “after the apocalypse” or something. Glad you’re out walking. Stay well!

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