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A selection of photos which really capture the zeitgeist of 2020 will be included in a time capsule the Mayor of Chelmsford is putting together to document the year for future generations.
Scott Wright is a Chelmsford based photographer who specialises in Portraiture, Architecture and Street photography, check out more of Scott’s work at www.scottwrightimagery.co.uk.
Like the rest of the country, the feeling of uncertainty came over Scott when lockdown was introduced, but he decided to combat this uncertainty by safely capturing Chelmsford during these interesting times.
Here are Scott’s tips on capturing these strange times in his own words.
So on 23 March 2020, I sat with my partner to listen to Boris Johnson’s unprecedented broadcast to the nation. We were about to be put on lockdown due to the pandemic!
My first instinct was more of worry, what would it mean for us. The fear of the unknown has always given me anxiety and then to be thrown into a situation of major restrictions was difficult.
Then it flipped to how will I stay creative during lockdown? What do I use my camera for if I am unable to book portrait sessions or travel to London? After a couple of days I realized my opportunity to capture something that was alien to all of us, major change was here and to stay for the immediate future.
Capturing how the pandemic affects Chelmsford has helped me focus on a subject unlike any other time. I took it back to basics thinking about all the tips I’ve learnt on my journey.
- Keep it simple, show what has changed
- Look about for new perspectives, change an angle or get closer to your subject
- I love temporary subjects such as graffiti, so look for something that will not be there in a day or week, which offers a unique image that no one can replicate
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Remember, you have until midnight on 31 August to enter your best snap and be in with the chance of winning some fantastic prizes. Up for grabs are exclusive aluminium prints from Blue Sky Printing and training with Unshaken Digital Photography Training, where you’ll gain invaluable photography and industry insight.