A visual record of the Covid-19 Lockdown

Images above: Kitty on Lockdown day 92; Julia Fullerton-Batten

Looking Out From Within

Fine Art photographer Julia Fullerton-Batten was “ultra-busy planning a photographic shoot with a large team of people, assistants, stylists, hair and make-up team, prop stylists, set designers etc.” when suddenly everything stopped and her assignments were cancelled in March 2020.

She decided to use her time during Lockdown documenting it by taking pictures of people inside their houses, from outside, through the window. She asked for volunteers through The Chiswick Calendar. Called Looking Out From Within, here are the results. Twenty four portraits of Chiswick residents, male and female, old and young, with their comments on living in Lockdown.

She asked them all the same questions:

How has Covid-19 affected you? / What lessons has Covid-19 taught you so far? / Who do you live with? / What do you miss the most? / Tell me a bit about your current situation.

Her pictures are stunning and their comments moving and revealing, but most of all, completely relatable.

SERENA AND CHLOE, Lockdown Day 16

How has Covid-19 affected you?
The biggest impact Covid 19 has had on me is through my work. As a photographer in the early stages of my career, I’ve gone from such a fast-paced work life to one that’s been completely shut down.
What lessons has Covid-19 taught you so far?
It’s allowed me to relearn the importance of giving myself time to rest and reflect.
Who do you live with?
My mum and my younger sister
What do you miss the most?
Definitely the social side of things, I really took hanging out with my friends for granted. I’ve also had to miss out on travelling for work and holidays during this time which has been a real shame.
Tell me a bit about your current situation
My main priority is keeping myself and everyone around me safe. Staying indoors is a small sacrifice to make for the safety of others, so my main aim is to find new ways of using this time positively and taking care of my mental health.

MALAIKA, Lockdown Day 18

How has Covid-19 affected you?
I haven’t been able to see my friends and some of my family. For example, over the Easter holiday, my family and I were supposed to go to Uganda in Africa to see family, but sadly the flight was cancelled. My cousin from France was supposed to come to London for his internship, but that has been postponed.
What lessons has Covid-19 taught you so far?
Covid-19 has taught me to spend more quality time with my family and enjoy the time playing games together.
Who do you live with?
I live with my mum, dad and brother.
What do you miss the most?
I miss seeing friends and family and going outside without staying 2 metres away from everyone.
Tell me a bit about your current situation
Currently, I think our situation is okay because we have a garden to play in and get fresh air. We don’t need to go out of the house, unless for food and supplies. From next week, I will be starting online classes and online music lessons, so that our teachers can check in with us.

CHLOE, Lockdown Day 19

How has Covid-19 affected you and your life?
“The thing that Covid 19 has effected the most for me is my work-home life balance. I work as a performer and designer, so the majority of my work happens in the evenings. For the first time in a long time, my evenings are my own again. I lost two months’ worth of dance work, as well as additional freelance teaching overnight. We’re incredibly lucky that there are petitions to help for self-employed, and fundraisers to help theatres re-open post June 2020. It gives us hope that our careers will continue post-pandemic. In the meantime, the only thing we can do is to create at home, keep in touch with our loved ones and rebalance ourselves.

It’s a strange time, because it feels a lot like we are living in both the past and the future. There’s a real retro feeling to the experience, almost as though we’ve been transported back in time to the eighties. I think this stems from taking time out of the sheer speed 21st century to call up our family and friends, and really listening.

The thing that I miss the most isn’t performing (although that is a close second!), but having non-virtual access to my family. I’ve missed both Mothers Day and Easter and I feel really guilty about that. However, I’m lucky enough to live with a group of friends, and we’re finally able to make time to cook and eat meals together again as our busy schedules no longer clash.

Time has slowed. On the other hand, there’s also something inherently futuristic about our current situation. A lot of the news makes me feel as though we’re in a film, or even an episode of ‘Black Mirror’. We’re taking virtual yoga sessions, dance classes, even partying online. Theatre is being streamed online – the ‘live-ness’ has been taken out of the ‘live’. The future is online and we are living it.”

JAMAL, Lockdown Day 22

How has Covid-19 affected you and your life?
I am Jamal,
I am Autistic,
I live with my Mum and my cat Romeo,
I cannot go to Sports Club or Mencap,
I miss my Carers Aaron and Lolo, I might see them in May or maybe June I’m not sure.

KAREN, Lockdown Day 24

How has Covid-19 affected you?
I live with my adult daughter and her dog and our domestic routines have not changed as much as that of others because my daughter continues to work outside the home. However like everybody we have to learn to deal with the increased uncertainty of our future and accept the lack of control we have over our lives.

We miss most the casual tactility and fun of going out and meeting family and friends. Living with this new virus requires us to come up with a new list of priorities, appreciate the basics, reduce the speed of chasing goals and to lean to assess activities more by their intrinsic value and not so much by their financial reward.

I spend a lot of my time trying to follow the scientific research into Covid19 to learn how life with the virus could shape our future, but am frustrated to find little global approach to the pandemic and few preliminary findings that help on a practical level.

Before Covid19 I would worry about my uncertain future, now everyone has joined me and I don’t feel so alone, because we’re are all in it together.

LETICIA, Lockdown Day 26

How has Covid 19 affected you?
As a university student, it has affected me mainly by taking away my lectures and face-to-face teaching time. However, it has also meant that I have had to cancel trips including not having been able to visit my dad in Brazil who was ill and has consequently passed away with cancer last month.
What lesson has Covid 19 taught you so far?
People (including myself) rush too much. I tend to feel guilty when I spend an hour doing something that isn’t work… this time at home has made me relax and remember other passions such as cooking, stretching, reading – all things I do not want to stop doing when things go back to normal. It seems that the less you run after time, the more you have it.
Who do you live with?
My mother, my dog and two cats. During quarantine, my best friend is also staying with us.
What do you miss the most?
Travelling. I am a bit of a travel addict, I usually travel every month, even if it’s just for a weekend. I obviously miss hanging out with friends as well.
Tell me about your current situation.
Thankfully, my mother and I have been saving money so this hasn’t affected us financially too much. I have been taking this time to connect with myself a bit more, re-learning things about myself and doing things I love.

HANNAH AND ANNABELLA, Lockdown Day 27

HANNAH
How has Covid 19 affected you?
At my stepfather’s funeral in mid-March, my stepbrother arrived from LA with flu symptoms. He had the virus, it turned out. Because he was staying with us, we were all very fearful that the rest of the family would catch it, particularly my 70 year old mother, and my 95 year old grandma. My family is devastated to know that a parent at my daughter’s school caught the virus and died very fast aged 65, tragically leaving 3 young children and his widow behind. His wife had the virus when he died: her mixture of grief with having to combat contagion seems an impossibly cruel situation to be in.
What lesson has Covid 19 taught you so far?
I live with my husband and three children aged 18,13 and 10. The pandemic has taught us that our family and our health means everything. That kindness towards strangers is endless. That we have a responsibility to protect hundreds of people around us.
What do you miss the most?
What I miss is being able to hug my wider family, to socialise on the weekend, and have business meetings face to face. I miss working in the same room with my brilliant team. But we have on-boarded a new staff member despite being apart, thanks to technology.
Tell me about your current situation
My mother is indescribably sad: she has lost her husband, yet she can’t even have a cup of tea with her neighbours. We cannot be together to console her, and probate cannot start, so she’s in complete limbo. My 95 year old grandma was still shopping until Easter, thinking she was invincible because she lives in the countryside. That was tough for my mother to handle. My 18 year old has had his A-levels cancelled.

My 13 year old is going stir crazy with only 1 hour exercise a day. I run a public relations business and we are all working from home. It’s harder to manage people from afar, but I’m doing my best to be supportive and keep on the freelancers I employ. Many journalists are WFH too, which means our relationships with them are golden.

We are grateful to the BBC and Channel 4 News whose workers are also on the front line. I am so grateful we have the NHS to coordinate care. And that we have each other, we have sunshine, cleaner air and I hear constant birdsong – for the first time! I relax by watching a Sicilian ‘who done it’ series, which takes me away from it all each night. I love being able to drop into neighbours unannounced and have a chat (from 2m away). After all, everyone is ‘at home’ for a change!

ANNABELLA
How has Covid 19 affected you?
It’s stopping me from going outside and being with my friends. It feels like you’re not so much part of a community because you can’t do social things.
It’s made me feel separated from the world.
What lesson has Covid 19 taught you so far?
How lucky we are, and how amazing it is to have technology so we can still socialise with our friends, relatives and teachers. It can get really loud in one place because all my family is always at home!
Tell me about your current situation
I’m doing school on a website that sets tasks, explains them, and then we hand them in online. On the weekend, we try to go cycling while social distancing, and try to exercise within the guidelines. I’m doing more creative things like drawing and art.

CHRISTY AND DAVE, Lockdown Day 30

How has Covid 19 affected you?
For my part, it affects me less than others in many ways. My ever-worsening MS disability means I’m at home most of time anyway. Can’t go to friends/family’s houses as they are not sufficiently accessible. Holidays are increasingly difficult etc. Lockdown is no different. In some weird way, it’s almost better because everyone else is in the same boat, and people have more time to talk. However lockdown is bad news for Dave who doesn’t get any respite from looking after me without help; and he has to do more cleaning, ironing, gardening, cooking etc than usual. He gets no mental space. In turn that’s a big worry for me.
What lesson has Covid 19 taught you so far?
The importance of music and food in my life. How lucky we are to have a garden and how much it contributes to keeping us sane.
To remember to slow down and really look at: every leaf unfurling; every silvery drop of rain resting on the plants and birds collecting insects from our overgrown ivy to feed their young.
That it’s much better to talk with friends and see their faces on screen than just text like I did before.
That pranayama breathing exercises are good for containing anxiety.
That it’s rewarding to be creative with whatever foodstuff we can get our hands on.
That I’m so lucky not to have caught Covid-19 (a good friend with MS has it badly and is now week four in hospital).
Who do you live with?
My wonderful husband Dave.
What do you miss the most?
Getting out to see art, theatre, music and films. Arts venues are pretty accessible. In normal times that keeps us sane. Ditto having friends/family round. And the occasional crab mayo/steak frites at Cote restaurant. I’m a big fan of The Tour de France and tennis on TV. Managed to get tickets to Wimbledon centre court this year; now cancelled. Dave’s a big sports fan. The rugby six nations was postponed. There’s no sport for him to read about in The Guardian/watch on tv. His much anticipated 30 year reunion of the round the world yacht race with his sailing friends has been cancelled. Even the Archers has been affected!! Horror of horrors.
Tell me about your current situation
Feeling very fortunate: to be retired with pensions from work, so no employment related financial worries. To have a lovely home and garden to get out into. Not to be on the frontline of NHS/social care/public services. Not to be homeless/ reliant on food banks. Not to be in a domestic abuse situation. Not to be 8 months pregnant (like my nephew’s wife). That Dave is also my best friend.

KEVIN MCNALLY AND PHYLLIS LOGAN, Lockdown Day 35

How has Covid-19 affected you and your lives?
Like most people Covid-19 has impacted our lives but we remember to be grateful that unlike many we have space here in our house which we share with our 23 year old son David. We can also do some voice work from a little recording set up I put in the study. I guess the biggest take away from all this is how important human contact is and when it’s restricted it really changes the quality of one’s day to day life.

FINN AND MAX, Lockdown Day 37

Max:
Covid-19, Covid-19
My enemy
You make me not see my friends
I look around and I see people wearing masks
You made this
Are you happy? Or do you need to do more evil stuff?
Some people enjoy the lock down, but I don’t
I study day by day as the population goes down
I read as our world changes
I go to high-five someone, but I can’t !
What have you done?
People lying in the hospital beds
Wondering what has happened to our world
My family arguing as the time flies by
All over the world this is happening
I guess I need to face the fact that this is our life for now
But Covid-19, I will get REVENGE!!!

TORIN AND CAROL, Lockdown Day 40

We are fortunate to have a decent-sized garden, which keeps us sane and active – digging up the rampant wild garlic and ivy, and planting up cuttings and seeds. We don’t go out much, except to the shops which are in walking distance, and occasional long walks for exercise (in addition to the exercise bike in the summerhouse). The thing we miss most is our grandchildren and other family, though we keep in touch through HouseParty, WhatsApp, emails, phone calls and, yes, letters!

We try to focus on the present- I do have moments when I feel sad but I also know that we and our family are lucky, and that no-one has been ill so far.

BETHAN, Lockdown Day 43

How has Covid 19 affected you?
The biggest impact that Covid 19 has had on my life is that I will be going into work a lot earlier than expected. I am in my final of medical school and sat my final exams in January, expecting
to graduate in July. Instead, my year have been graduated early and I am starting work as a doctor in a London hospital this week.
What lesson has Covid 19 taught you so far?
The biggest lesson I will take away from this pandemic is that going out and seeing my friends is what makes me happy. In the future, I will not be turning down a beer garden opportunity ever again!
Who do you live with?
I am currently living with my mum and my two younger sisters -we all have the same dark sense of humour and taste in television, so it’s worked well thus far. Our golden retriever Suki is probably going to have separation anxiety when this is over.
What do you miss the most?
It has been strange not being able to see my boyfriend, who is working as a doctor in Oxford. I can’t imagine what quarantine would be like before mobile phones and the internet – I think that has been a saving grace for so many.
Tell me a bit about your current situation
Overall, living through this pandemic has made me recognise how often I take for granted things which others are struggling without, especially at the moment. l am so privileged to have things such as my health, job security, family and access to a garden. I think it’s easy to forget that sometimes.

KATE, JUDE AND BELLE, Lockdown Day 47

Kate:
I’m almost sure I had the virus, in the middle of March for around two weeks. I lost my sense of taste and smell and had crippling headaches. I didn’t eat or read or even listen to the radio but just lay in a fug of nausea and headache pills. I’m not sure if this period has taught me a lesson other than it is possible to be locked down without going mad. But I’m lucky, as I have work, a dog to walk and I live with my husband and two teens. I am immensely grateful to have a small garden and an outside table.
I miss hugging my friends and long lazy lunches and dinners at each other’s houses. I miss art galleries, cafes, going somewhere else apart from nearly every park in London with the dog.

Jude:
Covid has stopped me taking my A levels and cancelled many of my summer plans, potentially my first term of university too, basically eight months of my life have been cancelled. I have learnt how structure my days around what I’d like to do, rather then what I ought to do. I’ve also tried to learn to not value myself by how busy I’m being, and to take time doing things. I’ve been living with my family, which has actually been very good for our relationship, I think it’s the ‘we’re all in this together’ attitude. I miss my social life quite a bit, going out and seeing people. I also feel a bit purposeless.

Belle
Covid 19 is the strangest thing I’ve ever experienced in my 16 years, but for some reason I’m quite relaxed about it . I’m surrounded by family, which I thought would be more frustrating, but we have actually been getting along better than ever. I think one way that it is really effecting me is that I desperately miss my friends, seeing my friends means a lot to me and makes me happier so that has been the hardest thing however due to phones and social media I have been in contact with them 24/7 though it is just not the same as seeing them in real life .
Tell me about your current situation
The above sums it up. Though currently, at this exact moment, I am lying like a lizard in the coolest spot at home – stuck to a shady bit of wall. trying to avoid the heat.

PENELOPE, Lockdown Day 51

Covid 19 has been such a wake-up call for the world and it can be a challenge not to be engulfed by fear but instead to look ahead in hope for the future. I try to limit the amount of news, yet keep informed and paradoxically, have connected more with others and deepened relationships even though I live alone. I am very grateful to live on the river where I do, surrounded by nature, wonderful neighbours and being more still, less rushing about, – has woken me up to the beauty of what is right here. It’s definitely a lesson how nothing can be taken for granted and how precious life is. Like for us all, it’s tough not seeing those you love but so many ways to connect in the meantime, thank you technology! I’m an actress, writer and freelance in the corporate sector so all are impacted but I have found many opportunities to work on various projects and keep connected with my employers and fantastic agent.

SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR AND RICHARD JONES, Lockdown Day 53

How has Covid 19 affected you?
Covid 19 has affected me many ways but I suppose the most stark is the work. Turns out Richard and I didn’t choose very practical day jobs when there’s a lockdown and you’re not allowed near other people. I miss gigs and at the moment have no work in sight for 2020.
What lesson has Covid 19 taught you so far?
As for what it’s taught me, I think the true answer might be a while in the making but at the same time, the core things of what we value here.. what makes us laugh, what makes us sad, they are all the same. I don’t know that I needed a pandemic to know that I love my ‘normal’ life and being able to see my family and friends.
Who do you live with?
Richard and I are in lockdown with our five kids and it’s as peaceful as you’d imagine. We also have our au pair here who ended up stranded after she got unwell and the flights were cancelled. Jelena has been amazing, but I’m very conscious of giving her her own space and a break from us. There’s no let up for the rest of us. It’s not been easy and there’s been many tears and tantrums but it’s not been terrible either. Same for most families I’d imagine.
What do you miss the most?
It’s hard to put into words what I miss. I’ve thought about it a lot.. it’s not the tangible, although of course Sunday lunches with loved ones, singing with my band in front of a crowd and making plans have been things I’ve pined for.. I think what I miss most is the usually casual nature of my life. Watching my kids running about outside without worrying they are too close to others, choosing which days I’m free to grab a coffee with someone, making a plan for a date night.. I miss not having to second guess everything and I miss not worrying I’ve stood too close to my mum when I’ve waved at her from the path outside her front door.
Tell me a bit about your current situation
Our current situation has been a bit barking. The last two and a half months have been a heady mix of domesticity and discos. We’ve broadcast a little disco party from our home every Friday at 6.30 and even though it’s the maddest thing I’ve ever done (kids and wires everywhere), it’s also kept Richard and I sane. He focuses on the technical side and does the filming and sound while I put on my sequins and sing. The kids dance and it gives us all a lift. It’s been special and has made the heaviness of the world’s reality a little easier to bear.

ZEWDI, YABSRA AND EHIOPIA, Lockdown Day 57

Zewdi
How has Covid 19 affected you?

Covid 19 has affected me in many ways that I can’t clearly explain, but I am sure everyone is feeling similarly as we are all in it. There’s nothing similar that we have experienced in our lifetime. It has changed everyone’s routines and the ways we do things. I am a bit worried about the children’s education because we are not doing anything near what they would have been doing at their school with their teachers.
Who do you live with?
I live with my husband, two children and a lodger.
What do you miss the most?
I miss going to church every Sunday and travelling freely. I believe in God and worship Him. I believe He is almighty, and all He wants from us is to be good to one another and to His creation. I believe God has His reasoning for everything, but I can’t tell you why He allows suffering and who He picks or how etc… This must be why they say ‘God works in His mysterious ways.’
Tell me a bit about your current situation
I don’t know if I can travel to Ethiopia this Summer. At the moment we’re all stationed at home, except for my husband, who has to go to work as a bus driver.

TESSA, Lockdown Day 59

How has Covid 19 affected you?
Curtailments and Creations. Like many, I haven’t been able to see my parents- my mother is in the highly vulnerable category. Nor have I been able to see my friends, though I am an introvert so that isn’t awfully unusual. I’ve gained 6kgs in weight, despite regular HIT videos (where I dress in manga cosplay and live stream on Instagram). I have been able to spend the extra time working on myself however. More introspection, more re-assessing where I am in my life and what I really want out of it. Also I baked a perfect meringue pie from scratch! As well as sorting through my obscure Japanese DVD collection. Re-discovering Weather Woman AND Weather Woman 2 was a treat!

What lesson has Covid 19 taught you so far?
Reinforced something I always remind myself of- humans are fragile and death is inevitable. A thought that I take comfort in as it’s a great leveller.

ANGELA, IMOGEN AND MIRANDA, Lockdown Day 64

Angela:
In April 2019, I booked a holiday to the Philippines (my mother’s home country) for my daughter Miranda, 15 and myself for April 2020. My 18 year old daughter Imogen was staying because she had to revise for her A- levels. I also booked plane trips to a couple of fabulous islands and then spending Easter with my Philippine family and relations. Then COVID19 happened and the world changed. All our holiday trips were cancelled. We were naturally gutted.

I run a business in west London – I teach ballet to children and adults in two different studios and schools in the area. When our world changed because of SARS-CoV2, I had a few days to work out what to do and set up online Zoom classes. With no experience in teaching “virtually” online I had to just give it my best shot for my students! To my total surprise the majority of my students returned to class, I also have had new interest from children and adults from other areas of London and around the UK. I am now teaching from the ages of 2.5 to 80 !!! The classes have been a real lifesaver for me during lockdown. Just seeing my students dancing at home puts the biggest smile on my face and inspires me every day, they are such a joy. I think without them my lockdown would have been very different.

I haven’t missed rushing around town all day, I have appreciated the simple things and loved slowing down! I do miss the interaction in the studio with my students. I miss the London night life and culture – restaurants, bars, theatre and my museums. I miss family, friends and travel. But all this will return and I know the next chapter will be just amazing! “Virtual” teaching is now part of my repertoire. Meditation has helped me a great deal with how to approach life in lockdown and it’s even helped me feel grateful during these difficult times.
This experience has only made me more committed, positive, dedicated and most of all resilient! This time has opened my eyes and given me more opportunities. As I keep telling myself ‘tough times don’t last but tough people do!’

Imogen 18 years old
After being told we are in lockdown and having my A levels cancelled I knew I would have lots of spare time and was so unsure of how to manage it. At the beginning of lockdown I felt very anxious as I wasn’t sure what I was going to do stuck at home with my mum and little sister. After getting into the routine of lessons on Microsoft teams and constant FaceTimes with my best friend. I felt responsible to use this time wisely. For me, this is expressing my creativity. I have been experimenting with different creative materials (what I can find) that I usually wouldn’t try. I want to maintain this as it is fun for me and provides a sense of normality to my day to day routine. Moreover, I’ve had the pleasure of being with my younger sister for 24/7. We have spent most of the time binging Netflix tv shows and bringing back old memories on Disney+.

Miranda 15 years old
Covid 19 has affected me in many ways, where do I start. I have had to adapt to learning online by logging into my daily lessons for class with my teachers. This hasn’t been easy especially as I have been waking up later than usual and it’s so much harder staying focused at home. I have had to spend a lot of time with my sister and not my friends but it hasn’t been too bad and we have had lots of fun – exploring more of our local parks and dyeing our hair blue and red! One thing that did upset me at the start of this crazy time was my cancelled trip to the Philippines. I had planned this trip with my Mum for a year and I don’t know when I will be able to visit again as I have my GCSEs next year.

FATHER KEVIN, Lockdown Day 70

I live with my wife and two children in a Vicarage which has a large garden. We feel very lucky to have so much space during the lockdown. The children are home schooling and we try to structure our day so we can spend time doing things together too. The church building is at the bottom of our garden. Lockdown began for us with the suspension of public worship and then the closing of the church building. We have been live-streaming Mass from the church building each weekday at noon and on Sundays, something I share with my colleague at our sister church. It means we have to prepare four sermons each week!

The hardest thing though has been pastoral work particularly when someone is dying or has died. We try to keep in contact with people as much as possible by phone and email but nothing can replace being physically present with someone when they are in need. It has been amazing to see how neighbours have reacted with such thoughtfulness, care to each other- the support in some places has been truly wonderful – and I hope in this way the pandemic has brought us closer together and helped us to reassess our priorities. I have loved the reduction in pollution and noise in London.

I miss seeing people – family, friends, parishioners- and communal worship with its hymn singing and music. I will miss our church fete this year which is a very happy occasion for the whole community and bumping into people I haven’t seen for a long while. This has been a time for me to learn again spiritually a gratitude and appreciation for so much that is easily taken for granted.

ANN, Lockdown Day 74

We have probably been less seriously affected by the virus than many other people: we are retired, live on our own in a fairly spacious house with a garden, and we have access to good local shops and pleasant riverside walks. Moreover, we are retired academics so we can continue with various aspects of our working lives even under quarantine: we can read, write, and take part, online and by email, in research projects and publishing projects.

We were never fans of the current government, but their handling of this crisis has taught us not to trust them or their advisers, even their medical advisers. On the other hand we have learned that most of our neighbours (including some we had not met before) are sensible and willing to be helpful. The Thursday clapping ritual has been as important for fostering community spirit as for appreciating essential workers.

We miss friends and social contacts of course, and travel, both national and international. We miss theatres, cinemas, restaurants and pubs. While acknowledging that we are in a better position than many, we are naturally anxious about the outcome, both for ourselves (we are over 70) and for others. We want to be able to look back on this very strange time but no-one knows when it will end.

ALICE, Lockdown Day 76

How has Covid 19 affected you?
We have been very lucky and nobody in our house has had the virus.
What lesson has Covid 19 taught you so far?
Where there’s sadness there’s happiness too if you look for it.
Who do you live with?
My mummy and daddy and pets
What do you miss the most?
Seeing my friends and relatives being able to hug them.
Tell me about your current situation
We have been home since March. Mummy and daddy are lucky and can work at home. I have been busy with school work and our teachers have worked hard to keep things as normal as they can for us. I see my friends on zoom and we play computer games together. I saw my nana and grandpa from down the garden. It was very nice but strange not to be allowed to give her a hug.
I hope we can go back to school soon. Lockdown has made me appreciate actually being able to see my teachers and friends so much more.

OTTO, Lockdown Day 82

How has Covid 19 affected you?
19 has affected me seeing friends, my schoolwork and fun activities. It’s taught me that everyone needs to stay more hygienic.
Who do you live with?
My sister, my mum and my dad and two cats
What do you miss the most?
I miss sport, activities and friends the most.
Tell me about your current situation
It’s very interesting because it is turning everything into one big puzzle because of how much things have changed and how differently things could have been if this virus hadn’t arrived from China.

KITTY – Lockdown day 92

How has Covid 19 affected you?
My take on this Covid situation is probably like most people’s. Except that I get regular depressing letters from the Department of Health and Social Security reminding me that ‘I am identified as someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable and am at risk of severe illness if I catch the virus’. Of course this is exacerbated by my age as well. However, I never felt fitter or more energetic and take daily walks just to see some life and people in the area.
Who do you live with?
I live alone but have the support of a daughter and a son and his family who live not far away, which is a great comfort.
What do you miss the most?
What I miss most is the freedom and ability to be able to hop on a bus or tube train and go to the British Museum or the National Gallery for instance and then meet friends for a catch up or trip to the cinema. Not to mention holidays – which seem in the distant past!
Tell me about your current situation
Who knows when life will return to anything like normal. I think I have learnt to take each day as it comes and to be less demanding about what I think I need or want to do.

With thanks to Julia for allowing us to re-publish her collection

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See also: Bedford Park Festival Photography Competition 2020 – Winners