I live in Godalming, Surrey and during the lockdown brought on by the 2020 Covid-19 Pandemic, I began documenting the surrounding area and also local households who had been unable to leave their homes. Gathered on their front doorsteps, driveways and windows this time brought families together in a way unseen since the world wars. Following self-isolation in March, all images were captured in April, May and June while always maintaining a social distance of at least 2 meters. Initially I photographed only during daily exercise walking from my home. In exchange for a donation to a charity of their choice, I supplied the families with a digital album of their pictures. I raised approximately £4000 for a wide range of charities with these portraits.
As shops reopened I made portraits of local businesses that were nominated by the families I met as 'lockdown heroes'; I shared their portraits and promoted their businesses across social media with great success.
My hope is these Lockdown Stories can provide a local record of this most unique time in history.
I am hoping this local project that will present an affectionate and honest view of life in the town (and surrounding areas) during the weeks of the corona virus lockdown. In the long term, the intention is to try and organise a local exhibition or publication of the images. Please note that your personal information will not be used in any way without written permission.
I will keep all contributors informed of the project status via email and on this page.
- Matthew 2020