Life changed in March 2020 when Coronavirus spread rapidly throughout the world.

In the UK as with many other countries, we went into lockdown and were asked to stay at home. As a photographer it hit hard. My office is essentially outside and so I was effectively asked to stop doing what I love most. And for those who know me, to be asked not to stray into the forest was a tall order! 

 

So on the second day of working from home, I had the idea to photograph my isolation. I would use the visual reference within my house and garden to create images using all the tools at my disposal. I started looking more closely at my immediate environment and discovered to my delight that there was some interesting visual possibilities to work with. I started looking at light, shadow, colour and form and started to find inspiration in the mundane and every day. Without the restrictions of working to a brief my subject matter could be absolutely anything that excited me. The microwave, the washing line, kitchen implements, reflections on all surfaces etc.

 

My idea was to create a unique image for every day that we were asked to stay at home and post that to my Instagram feed. I created my first image from three separate photographs and combined them into an ethereal and mystical landscape. It took several hours to complete and I began to realise that I had possibly created a hungry monster that might be difficult to feed, for what might turn out to be months!

 

But, the images received some interesting and very positive feedback and as each day arrived, I found that my commitment to the project grew and grew. I started to get up at first light and I would scour the house and garden for new material.  The feedback gathered momentum and it prompted me to think about ways of possibly using the increasing number of images, to generate some income to help front line NHS workers. My wife Susannah is a Neurological Physiotherapist working at Great Western Hospital and I was well aware of the incredible work that was being carried out on the front line. These very brave and dedicated people were risking their own lives to help others with only minimal supplies of essential protective clothing. 

 

Susannah suggested that I contact the fundraising arm of the hospital,  Brighter Futures. I approached them with an idea to run a silent auction of the images. I donated one signed artist proof print of each of the images on a weekly basis. The minimum bid for each image was £30.00 and my goal was to raise £1,000.00. Karen Gardner very kindly invited me to talk about the project on her Sunday morning Breakfast Show on BBC Wiltshire. And my printer John Herlinger at Fotospeed in Corsham very kindly offered to donate his time and printing costs. 

 

Fifty Four images down the line  and I am both delighted an astounded to have raised over £3,000.00 for Brighter Futures. This crisis has touched everybody and I am so pleased that I have been able to use my photography to lend my support. Huge thanks go to Karen Gardner for her unstinting support, Penny Herrod-Taylor for her energy and enthusiasm, Neil Goodwin at Marlborough News Online for highlighting the project and creating a beautiful presentation. John Herlinger for his stunning prints. My wife Susannah and daughter Thea for their love and help in promoting the project. 

 

And a massive thank you to everybody who entered the auction and bid for prints. Your kindness and generosity have made a real difference. 

 

Nigel Hudson May 2020.