PPC Photonews - The Lockdown Diaries Vol 1

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The Lockdown Diaries - Vol 1

Lockdown Diaries - Volume 1 Welcome to an extra edition of Photonews. Unprecedented times call for unprecedented actions and several people have responded to my call for images that you’ve been shooting in Lockdown. Jeff Waters, David James and Richard Walliker are the stars of this first Lockdown Diary. As I say, this is the first, and I have submissions on hand for a second issue will you be the next person who gets in touch and graces Volume 3? I am happy to produce as many extra editions as there are submissions.

All the best - stay safe! Dave Whenham Editor

Page 4: David James is no stranger to Photonews, and indeed he has submitted two sets of Lockdown images the first of which are his Lockdown Diary which we present here. He also produced the yipee Lockdownnnnnn image ‌ Page 14: Another familiar name, Richard Walliker has been exploring the more creative side of his art and shares the fruits of his labours for us here.

Day 0: decided that if I was going to do this for as long as possible then I needed a title. The fridge magnet has been stuck on the front of one of the filing cabinet draws for as long as i can remember. Just added a few words. DAJ

ON THE COVER: A touch of blue. Fun in the sun with some Rollei Infrared 400 film shot at ISO 6 necessitating a tripod; a Bronica SQ-A medium format camera and a 720nm filter. Blue tone added in PS. Shot and developed 21/5/2020. Rodinal (1+25) for the curious.


© Jeff Waters

David James March 23rd-25th

Days 1 - 3: Went to Sainsburys to do some shopping the day after Mothering Sunday and thought that if I get some flowers I can practise some still life photography, which wasn't as easy as I thought it might be! Anyhow they were giving bunches of flowers away, left overs from the previous day, so I came home with two and these were some of my initial efforts.


David James March 28th

Day6: Decided that if I was doing this then I would need a variety. As I was stood on the landing, looking down the stairs I was taken by the way each tread in the staircase was slightly dierent. As it is a brown carpet I changed it to black and white to show the tonal changes more.


David James April 4th - 6th

Day13: I don't normally photograph food but was making a bacon butty one day on the grill when the idea ocurred......before and after.


Wainwright Country

A reminder of what is being missed.


David James April 10th - 11th

Day 19: Beams Good Friday.

Day 20:

And the Music Played On

Had a plan that I would sit and listen to my vinyl collection (whilst doing nothing else). Still hasn't happened but i'm working on it. However, I did take a couple of shots then decided it needed something else so found some music on the internet and "borrowed" some notes. One of the few creative images, thus far, from the Lockdown.


David James April 13th - 14th

Day22: Sunlight and Shadow Mood! Sunshine and shadow. The velux window over the top of the stairs has an advert stuck on it and there is no way I can reach it. Midday sunshine gave me the image and the idea.

Day 23: Iceland Remembered Memories of trips to Iceland in 2002 and 2004.


David James April 15th

Day 24: Rock Swirls Cleaning up and changing the table top away from pebbles and water (to stop me dehydrating whilst the winter central heating was running). This is another creative image with the swirl being added. 9

David James April 16th

Day 25: Tabletop The replacement to day 24.


David James April 20th - 21st

Day 29: Had an idea to do an egg shot then our webmaster posted this on Facebook. Wasn't what I had in mind but when I got the box of eggs out of the fridge the egg in the exact same position was broken. Deja vu.....had to be. Apologies to Graham Dean, again!

Day 30:

A Sign of the Times

I leave a glove out for when I bring the milk in. A sign of being careful what we touch.


David James April 23rd - 24th

Day 32:


Much as I would like to be up in the Dales, I consider it a risk too far, and not necessarily for me. Work on the assumption that everyone is infected, including me. Accidents can, and will, happen.

Day 33:


Communication, what we all need in these times. Especially if you live on your own. 12

David James April 25th - 26th

Day 34: Exactly eight months to Christmas Day. These crackers will reside on my tree as and when the time comes.

Day 35:

Virtual Reality

Imagination is a wonderful thing. We can only look forward in hope to those days again.


David James April 27th

Thanks as always David! We do have a bonus set of images from David which I will share in the next issue.


Variation on a theme

To finish - originally a photograph of a wall light, from underneath. Then a bit of

Day 36:


Just a reminder.Â


© Jeff Waters

More from Jeff in Lockdown Diaries 2

Richard Walliker Richard has been having fun exploring the Vortex - I shall let the images speak for themselves.


Richard Walliker


Richard Walliker


Richard Walliker


Richard Walliker

Thanks again Richard! A fascinating set of images - you are always welcome on the pages of Photonews. 20

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