The Distance Project

The New Normal

Social Distancing Project 36Charlotte Hall came to the churchyard to tend a grave for her neighbour, who is unable to leave home during the lockdown.

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This week’s photos are mostly from out in the countryside, and from the park by North Willen lake in Milton Keynes. While some businesses are able to carry on with restrictions, others remain closed. But it’s now okay to travel further to get exercise and fresh air.

In the project I'm photographing what people are doing differently under lockdown.

(Edited, September 2021)
This is just one of many posts from The Distance Project. That link will take you back to the very first posts, but if you want to see them in reverse order, just click on the link in the categories list that's on every page. The project ran from April 2020 to September 2021.

Social Distancing Project 39Bessie Davis came from Steeple Claydon to walk along footpaths between Botolph Claydon and Granborough, but it was so windy she decided to stay in the car. It was a wise decision. Half an hour later she would have been caught in a short but heavy shower.

 

Social Distancing Project 37In J.C. Meat’s farm unit at Hogshaw, Charlie the butcher puts away meat on Saturday lunchtime after the shop has been open all morning. The shop has been opening as usual on a Saturday but they’ve now set up an ordering scheme. It takes just a couple of minutes to collect and pay for your order; cutting risk to a minimum. They’ve also started making Friday deliveries to help those who have to socially isolate.

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Further From Home

Playground closedAll the playgrounds at South Willen Lake are blocked off.

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This photo project started very simply, as posed photos of people exercising under social distancing restrictions in my local parks in Milton Keynes, but I’m now expanding the scope of the project to other areas of life under efforts to fight the pandemic.

I’m also able to go further afield now there’s been some relaxation of the lockdown. Recently I’ve been to Willen lake, Woughton on the Green (both not far from where I live), Newton Longville, and Whaddon.

(Edited, September 2021)
This is just one of many posts from The Distance Project. That link will take you back to the very first posts, but if you want to see them in reverse order, just click on the link in the categories list that's on every page. The project ran from April 2020 to September 2021.

 

Closed playgroundThis play area at Simpson had been taped off because of concerns that the Covid-19 virus could be picked up from the surfaces.

 

Allotment and motorcycleThis rider had come to the allotments at Woughton on the Green to look after a friend’s plot. The friend is stuck abroad because of lockdown restrictions.

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VE Day, Under Lockdown

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The 75th anniversary celebrations of the Victory in Europe were not meant to be like this, but I still found celebrations going on under the lockdown. In the last photos here, taken as night fell, the residents of a close came out to sing along with Vera Lynn. They finished of course with We’ll Meet Again.

More from the Distance Project next week.

(Edited, September 2021)
This is just one of many posts from The Distance Project. That link will take you back to the very first posts, but if you want to see them in reverse order, just click on the link in the categories list that's on every page. The project ran from April 2020 to September 2021.

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Dogs, Walkers, and Looking After Mum.

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I have a lot of photos from my Distance Project to show you this week, so I’ve put some of them in this extra post. As before, most of the photos are composed with a good two metres between the subject and the edges of the picture. In the project I'm photographing what people are doing differently under lockdown.

In the usual Thursday post, I have photos of Friday’s 75th anniversary VE Day celebrations under lockdown.

(Edited, September 2021)
This is just one of many posts from The Distance Project. That link will take you back to the very first posts, but if you want to see them in reverse order, just click on the link in the categories list that's on every page. The project ran from April 2020 to September 2021.

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Walking and Cycling at Two Metres

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There are many more people taking exercise in the Ouzel Valley Park in Milton Keynes lately, possibly because it’s one of the few things we can still do with the lockdown in force. I’ve been asking some of them to pose for pictures. This is a photo project.

Nearly every photo is framed so that there’s a good two metres between the subject and the sides of the picture. With this framing, I’ve been taking the photos from about five metres away.

I hate to state the flaming obvious, but I’ll be complying with the spirit and the letter of the regulations while carrying out this project.

I will be continuing while the lockdown is in force, and will be posting more photos, which you can find here.

These ten photos are from my first two sessions.

(Edited, September 2020)
In this (continuing) project I've been photographing what people are doing differently under lockdown, and the scope widened after the first few weeks. So far, there have been 17 posts and over 150 photographs.

(Edited, September 2021)
This is the first of many posts from The Distance Project. This link will take you back to the very first posts, but if you want to see them in reverse order just click on the link in the categories list that you'll find on every page.

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