Lockdown Decay


It’s unusual for something to affect us all but lockdown did just that. However, we experienced it in different ways.

Photographer Naomi James wanted to record her experience photographically whilst making use of what she had. James had numerous Polaroid images that she had taken in the months beforehand- images that represented scenes from her everyday life. She chose to record her experience by placing these Polaroid images in cleaning solutions and removing a few of them each time a restriction was lifted. At this time, cleaning solutions held great significance as we aimed to protect ourselves by sanitising our hands and any goods that came into the house.

Once removed, James discovered the images had changed, just as her life had – sometimes in unexpected and beautiful ways. She continued the project through the subsequent lockdowns and the best of the resulting images now to appear in this beautifully printed book.

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