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Life in Lockdown: members of the ES team share their photo highlights
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t the starting of February, the Night Common introduced Everyday living in Lockdown, our photographic and movie competition open to all London visitors.

Any reader of any age will be ready to enter, with the winners getting revealed in a specific version of ES Journal.

Judges – including British photographer and collector Martin Parr – are on the lookout for a picture (or collection of photos) or video clip that demonstrates your private expertise of lockdown. So to get started off, we spoke to 4 users of the ES group to see what their photographic spotlight of the past yr has been.

Jenny Sterne, Social and Search engine optimisation Editor

Jenny’s at-residence pub

/ Jenny Sterne

‘As the hope of staying in a London pub started off to turn out to be considerably less of a distant desire, it only built me overlook them more. So though sitting down at household (obviously) one particular Saturday in lockdown I decided there was only a single point for it I essential to make my possess. So if you simply cannot wait right up until the joy of a pub beer backyard garden on April 12th, I would advocate the cardboard option.

Of course I was bored. And the plan of acquiring an excuse to purchase a keg of beer from Brockley Brewery was tempting. So I uncovered myself turning what experienced been the box of a new desk chair into my have Locked Inn – one particular perk of the WFH way of living I guess.

My boyfriend was at perform all working day so I experienced hours to switch our dining table into the perfect reproduction of our pre-Covid Saturday evenings – pork scratchings and scampi and chips included of course.

What was his response? Well his 1st exclaim was “you’re insane”, likely rightly. But following I poured the initially pint and we joined our weekly pub Zoom with buddies from within a cardboard pub I feel it was a success.’

Niamh O’Keeffe, Editorial Coordinator and EA to the Publisher

Niamh’s evening check out

/ Niamh O’Keeffe

‘There’s a little something so comforting (and a little bit Mary Poppins)about this impression – a check out from our kitchen window on Chatsworth Street in deepest lockdown, taken by my sister. Even in the darkest instances there have been times of mild and an appreciation of home and my neighborhood hood – dinners with flatmates, chats with the owner of my corner shop and a appreciate of London that is now more robust than ever.’

Meaghan Spencer, Social and Search engine marketing Editor

Guinness the cat

/ Meaghan Spencer

‘Life in lockdown was usually disheartening and repetitive till I satisfied Guinness. No, not the pint of black things. This Guinness is an consideration-trying to find but amazingly loving black cat.

My boyfriend Alex and I rescued him from Cat’s Safety back again in July and he quickly turned my purpose for having out of bed in the morning. That motive mostly remaining that if I do not get up and feed him at precisely 7am, he will continue to paw my hair and stuff his massive furry head in my face right up until I give in.

Guinness settled in promptly stealing foodstuff, cuddles and places on the couch at every single option. He’s retained us entertained while working from property and has introduced himself to most of my function colleagues by interrupting Zoom meetings.

The two of us have had loads of quality time in which to establish our attachment problems as two sets of surgeries in the previous four months have compelled Alex to leave our little dwelling so that he can get well extra conveniently at his parents’. I’ve been cautiously applying this time to fully embrace the cat lady stereotype.

Guinness is definitely a nuisance at moments, but it is been a comfort being aware of I have my furry shadow all through the stress and fret of lockdown.’

Jessica Landon, Deputy Artwork Director, ES Journal

Jessica’s Hackney backyard swimming pool

/ Jessica Landon

‘It was a scorching scorching day on 26thApril 2020 a thirty day period into Lockdown. London was suffering from 1 of the best Aprils on report and we were being all trapped at house.

A few weeks right before this day my partner Tom went on the internet to buy a paddling pool and then one detail led to one more, and we got extra and more carried away and before we understood it we had purchased a substantial 3 metre by 2 metre pool that fills up 50 % of our tiny ex-council dwelling backyard (I signify patio) in Hackney. ‘That ought to continue to keep our 4 minor boys hectic,’ we thought and it appeared like £100 nicely invested. (£100 that were NOT shelling out on commuting to do the job).

When the massive box arrived, Tom – who had been recovering from Covid – observed the vitality to assemble the pool. It was all really impressive with a steel body and a pump that you plug in and chlorine tablets that in shape inside of a plastic floating thingy. The effort and hard work to assemble the products was so exhausting that it place Tom again to bed for a 7 days, but the boys didn’t discover as they were getting far too a lot enjoyable in the pool, laughing and splashing and producing all the neighbours jealous.

On the 26th April, a person of the best times, I posted this picture on Instagram of my 7 year outdated son Jago hunting like he was actually swimming in the pool. When everyone was caught at home in the warmth, actually lacking a swimming pool – this impression of the awesome, refreshing, obvious water was also much. About the subsequent 48 several hours I was bombarded with messages on Instagram and every single other technique – texts, WhatsApp, e-mail for individuals I experienced no get hold of with given that we worked with each other 10 a long time in the past and who I didn’t even know adopted my personal Instagram account! Cousins, previous close friends, persons I went to university with, quite a few parents from the boys’ school –everyone went berserk when they noticed this photograph. I consider I had a full of 62 messages all inquiring the similar issue – in which did we get the pool and how does it do the job and does it have a pump and how much does it cost, etc and so on.

In the course of these kinds of a boring time, this event captured in this photograph was a large spotlight in our quite modest environment.’

To submit a image entry, click in this articleTo submit a video clip entry, click in this article. You will also come across the phrases and ailments on the applicable entry page. Entries near at 23.59 on March 31, 2021.

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