Set a few weeks ago, before a quarter of the world’s population were told to stay indoors, this seems more poignant a post than it was ever intended too. Many thanks for all of you who took part and enjoy the photographs!
Name: killing time with a camera … (https://steviegill.wordpress.com/)
Location: My backyard, Toronto
Note: Probably a little overwrought as a metaphor but the idea kinda got stuck in my head, plus I had a packet of peas in the fridge! I wanted to convey that humans are ultimately social creatures and, while most of us need to be alone from time-to-time, being away from other people for too long can feel alienating and lonely.
Name: Postcard Cafe https://postcardcafe.wordpress.com
Location: Botanical Gardens, Sheffield
Note: Isolating the daffodil from others close by and also from the ground (using shallow depth of field) has managed to produce an interesting shot of an obvious subject for spring. What I didn’t notice while composing the shot was that I had also isolated a rainbow in an out of focus water droplet. While it’s only a small detail, I really enjoyed that I had captured this chance moment. With any photograph our eye might naturally be drawn to the main subject in a photograph but it is always worth exploring the whole – to see what other surprises may be lurking! I think this is a positive image and I thought for this months submission we need a few things that give us a smile right now. Take care out there, PC
Name: Doctor Ken, Gin Sop
Note: I wasn’t thinking about the Mass Observation at all, just taking my daily constitutional with my camera in hand. There was a tent on the other side of the field, and it looked so lonely I felt the need to photograph of it!
Name: CKPonderingsToo (https://ckponderingstoo.photo.blog/)
Location: Glastonbury Tor
Note: I was having a wander on the one walk a day we’re currently allowed, and went a bit off the beaten track. There were a handful of other people escaping the lock-down by having a walk, and saw this woman. She was staring wistfully across the fields, and looked quite lonely ( even though her friend/boyfriend/husband was just along the lane). I loved how her poise was echoed by the steeple on the Tor and snapped a quick, candid pic!
Name: Cooking-Post Nerd
Note: High above us, in the sky, a buzzard circles, searching wide.
Name: Cap Does Craft
Location: Bolsover Street, South Yorkshire
Note: For many people right now isolation is not a choice but a necessity. This photograph looks at the other end of the spectrum when it comes to self isolating. I’ve often thought that tower crane operators might actually enjoy being isolated in the cabin. High above the town or city, away from the noise and dust of the building site. Views that many would pay money to see and no boss leaning over their shoulder. Photographically this image also has a nicely isolated silhouette of a street lamp nicely adding a little more value to the shot.
A nice number of submissions for this month’s Mass Observation Project. Keep an eye out on this site for May’s theme.
In the meantime, in this mad and crazy world, stay safe and stay sane.