A snapshot of life during the changing of the world

In with the old, out with the new

‘Every Day a Saturday’ was photographed using a Canon 350D, a camera my father would have bought new in the early 2000’s. More recently I had it tucked away, though with the Lockdown occurring I felt it was a good challenge to make a video with it to take my mind off of things.

We can all understand that it’s tough to be stuck indoors with minimal human contact. No doubt we’re all managing in our own ways and helping those around us. I think we’ve all felt it as of late, as well as the current degree of uncertainty in life. Though, has life ever been certain?

Seeing the smaller picture

It took photographing around 5-6000 still images with the camera to get enough locations in London to display the general atmosphere. Roughly 1000 were used in the finished piece.

London Lockdown Camden musician and friend

Camden residents still enjoying themselves outdoors during the Lockdown (April 2020)

In the edit, each photograph took up 4 frames, with the project set at 25fps (number of images you see per second in terms of the video you’re watching). Inside of this, a number of stills were a few frames shorter or longer to allow for a smoother (or choppier) playback. Nonetheless, this works out to around 6/7 photographs per second of video. In contrast, a stop motion animation (such as Wallace and Gromit) would sit at around 24 still images per second.

Discomfort changes shape

There was always the option to use more stills per second to get a smoother playback but I felt, stylistically, that a rather sporadic nature helped reflect the current uneasiness in London. In March and April, the streets were almost uninhabited. Oxford Circus, a place where you can usually barely move, had its passing population cut down to around a dozen or two people!

Faced with something that our species hasn’t dealt with in its current iteration, it’s no wonder there are a lot of differing opinions on what should be done. It truly feels like the blind leading the blind, a statement with no negative connotations attached.

Seeing the bigger picture

We will likely never again have such a chance for so many people to have the opportunity to stop and reflect, or pursue their creativity. These are unprecedented times with very real dangers we should be aware of.

Nonetheless, can we work out in the time we have right now, instead of tearing people and things down, to build people and things up? Could we work to not cast blame so easily upon others, allow assumptions to cloud our judgements or revert to tribalism when approaching the topic of our differences?

Do you think the Lockdown will give us all time to reflect on how we influence the world, for good and bad? What do you feel are some of the changes that we may see? Leave a comment!

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