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How Have Things Changed After Lockdown?

The Distance Project 36
It’s been about a year since the Covid regulations were almost completely relaxed, and I’ve been returning to some of my subjects to see what has changed and what hasn’t.

I’m going to show you some of the earlier photos with their original captions, and some of the same subjects (mostly) that I’ve taken in the past weeks. There will also be excerpts from the original posts.

There will be more Distance Project posts this year, most of them showing you old and new shots like this post. Yes, I know the earlier shots are from two years ago, but it all depends on which subjects I can practically return to.

Not Live in Stony, and few folk on the Green
The Distance Project 7 (18th June 2020)

I wrote:

“On Sunday 14th June, another regular event had been planned to take place in the town, on Horsefair Green. It’s called Folk on the Green. In previous years the green is filled with people, there’s a stage half way down one side, and stalls line the edge of the green and the road that goes by it.

“Taking these photos has been a sad experience for me; I look forward to these two events every year, and normally I would have seen a score of bands by the end of the week.

And although this has been a fascinating photographic project for me, I would far rather have been in the pub, tapping my feet and bopping along to the music.

But next year, next year…”

Little did I know…

Social Distancing Project 57(2020) At 12:30 on this Sunday afternoon, Horsefair Green was supposed to be full with the annual Folk on the Green event. Instead, cyclists and walkers cut across between opposite corners. The stage is normally halfway along the right hand side, with stalls lined up to its left and right. Most of the grass would be covered by the audience, many on picnic rugs or camping chairs. I took this photo from the usual location of the outside bar.

Social Distancing Project 260(2022) From the same spot as the previous photo, the scene this year. It’s just as I described in the caption for the photo above.

Social Distancing Project 59(2020) This gap is where the stage is usually erected.

Social Distancing Project 261(2022) The stage this year. I’m not exactly on the same spot as for the 2020 photo, but this is as close as I could get with all the people crowded together that day.

Social Distancing Project 61(2020) Kevin and Sarah met at Folk on the Green 19 years ago, and they’ve been together to this day. They haven’t missed a year of the annual festival since, and came to the green today to celebrate their sixth wedding anniversary. Sarah sings and plays guitar in the folk band Remedy Live.

Social Distancing Project 262I found Kevin and Sarah at Folk on the Green this year! I brought them a print of the photo that I published in The Distance Project 7 and they were very pleased. I have to admit I’m terrible at remembering faces (and names) and also brought the prints so I could recognise them.

Social Distancing Project 62(2020) Kevin and Sarah’s friend Noni turns up with an anniversary present; I think it’s gin. Life goes on.

Social Distancing Project 264(2022) (This was taken before the 2022 photo of Kevin and Sarah, but I’m showing you it to you now because that’s the order the 2020 shots were taken in)
Not far from where I photographed the previous shot I found Noni, who had seen Kevin and Sarah and directed me to them, in the far corner of the green. I gave her a print from 2020 too. She is showing a friend a 2020 photo of her with Kevin and Sarah.

This post's photos were taken with a Pentax camera and lenses.

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