Lockdown photographic diary

A Wetherby photographer is taking a different view of the town during Coronavirus lockdown.

Wednesday, 22nd April 2020, 8:26 am

Mum of two, Hannah Brooke, was set to become a full-time photographer on April 2 but the global pandemic wiped out her hopes and busy diary.

“It’s taken me a few weeks to adjust to this new normal, life at home 24/7 with a three-year-old and a five-year-old,” said Hannah.

“I don’t know when I’ll be able to work again.”

She added: “The Covid-19 lockdown hit me hard as a photographer. I had created a business that I’d poured my heart and soul into.

“I realised that I really missed being creative and documenting memories for people.”

Her dreams were revitalised when she saw examples of doorstep photos, where people were pictured outside their homes.

Hannah added: “I realised that we’re living through some seriously extraordinary times. It’s a historical moment.

“If I planned a route as part of my daily dog walk that could take in a few houses, I could document a little insight into what the Lockdown of 2020 was like.

“Naturally I’ve given due consideration to how I can do this safely and comply with social distancing rules, so I’m using a zoom lens to ensure I keep my distance.”

The lockdown has given Hannah a new focus on Wetherby.

“What’s really stood out for me during this time is the sense of community,” she added.

“I already knew Wetherby was a pretty special place to live, but suddenly people are looking out for each other more.

“I’m talking to people I would have usually have walked past with my head down.

“Being able to see all of these happy faces, exhange a few words and know that people are coping ok is priceless.”

Hannah added that she will to take pictures of Wetherby people, free of charge, at this time. Contact her at: [email protected]