Change to consent
If you photograph children either at home or outside in a family group with one or both parents, then verbal consent for these children can be given by the accompanying adult (provided the child/ren agree). This alteration to our Terms and Conditions will be reviewed when the lockdown is over.
Photo by Nick Goldsmith
The Coronavirus pandemic continues its destructive path through the normality of our lives. There are signs of accommodating its imposition, of course, as socially-distanced shopping, holidays and many sports reappear this summer, though in much-altered form. The photographs submitted to the Bishop’s Waltham 2020 Vision project during July show everybody trying to keep the statutory two-metres apart, whether at the supermarket or on the golf course. The things that have to be done; get done. The crops ripen in the fields and are harvested. Injured animals are rescued and are rehabilitated. Buildings are erected and are dwelt in. Essential repairs to all aspects of our complex lives are made. However, all these activities and how we deal with them are being modified by the potential presence of the unseen virus.
We need to show how these modifications are being made, for both temporary and permanent changes, and how these changes will record and reflect on how we will come to live in Bishop’s Waltham from 2020. We also need in this time of change to keep images of the normalcy of our daily lives. These are the essences of our project, and we welcome your continued support through your photographic contributions during the remainder of the year.
Photo by Trish Simpson-Davis
Photo by Jon Belfield
What a curious time this is! Around us, nothing has changed: but everything is different. This paradox brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic is reflected in the photographs submitted to our 2020 Vision project during the month of June. The observation that a future researcher might make about the images, is how deserted our town and surroundings appear to be. Appreciating that we are emerging from a gradual easing of the lockdown, where are you, and what are you doing? There is evidence of activity in abundance, but where are people in the photographs?
Some of last month’s photographs were more animated as a result of the VE75 street parties allowing some controlled socialising, albeit with appropriate distancing. The incremental lifting of restrictions, though, gives more freedom in one way, but incurs further restriction in other ways. For example, the opening of non-essential shops and stores on the High Street has closed parking there, to accommodate social-distancing on the pavement. There are several examples amongst the photos submitted for June, although the number of images overall is fewer than in previous months.
We have now reached the half-way stage of our project, and all residents of Bishop’s Waltham are warmly invited to contribute their photographs to maintain the great value of this venture.
This month has seen the Coronavirus pandemic commencing a long-awaited retreat, with a relaxation in some of the rules around lockdown. The first very small, but significant, changes coincided with the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe – a time in other circumstances for nostalgic and unashamedly jingoistic street parties decorated with Union flags, Allied flags and White ensigns… but a time of Covid-19 brought forward tentative yet inventive ways of celebrating at a distance from each other. These mildly creative solutions have been recorded by photography as a defining part of Bishop’s Waltham’s 2020 Vision project for the month.
April continued to provide warming and sunnier weather, culminating in a record-breaking hot and dry month of May right up to June. This meant that many of our other contributions to the project have derived from a celebration of the beautiful landscapes in and around our town: an indulgence of greenness, growth and gratitude. However, as we take off our walking boots and put away our bicycles, we can restore a balance of recording what we are actually doing in our homes, gardens and work places during the coming weeks. We certainly welcome your photographic contributions to that end.
Lockdown is impacting on all our lives, as evidenced by the 118 photographs accepted this month for our 2020 Vision project here in Bishop’s Waltham. There are pictures of our activities at home, in the garden, and where permissible, in our locality, which illustrate the social distancing we are keeping. There are many images of notices, both formal and informal, which inform, advise or instruct us of changed circumstances to our shopping, work and education. There are rainbow pictures, mostly painted by children and posted in windows, which support the health workers practising in harm’s way.
Although the pandemic we are now experiencing has overshadowed much else, the contributors to 2020 Vision are still very much aware of the natural world about us, uploading photographs of the exceptionally wet end to winter followed by the welcome warm and sunny month this April. This is the essence of our project: to photographically record life in every aspect, in detail, at this time in our town as a legacy for the future. We welcome your contribution.
Unsurprisingly, only 36 photos were uploaded in March, but nearly half, 15, were rated outstanding, with some fabulous views from the air by the newly-formed Bishop’s Waltham Drone Operators, before their work was abruptly cut short. We hope the group will soon be able survey more of our historically important areas to give up-to-date answers to questions like: ‘What does the area covered by the Great Pond look like today?’ and ‘Where were the Roman roads?’ So if you see one of our drones this summer, we promise that it’s not at all interested in you!
Coronavirus update from our Curator, Tony Hunt:
What an extraordinary and sudden turn of events! The coronavirus emergency has changed just about every aspect of our lives: not least, our 2020 Vision project here in Bishop’s Waltham. In the grand scheme of things this may seem a fairly trivial pursuit, but, providing we are safe and well and adhering to the Government’s rules on social isolation, there is every opportunity to contribute to this important – now even more important – project to record everyday life in our communities during 2020.
Considering the historical global impact of the epidemic, how we responded on a day-to-day basis will be of great interest and importance to future historians. We may be confined to our own homes and gardens, or the immediate locale, but we can think creatively about how we tell future generations about our present predicament: we have the ideal technology with our smart phones and their internal cameras to give insights into the experiences of lockdown.