Lockdown, COVID and Cameras, oh my!

June 03, 2020

“Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore,” So goes the line in the Wizard of Oz. Although at the moment it’s more like, I’ve a feeling things aren’t normal anymore. So, the film is about a young girl dealing with the usual trials and tribulations of life. Then she is transported to an unfamiliar and strange world, where things are a little bit scary for her. While in this place, Dorothy realises the importance of home and all the people there. She then has to fight to get back home for a joyous reunion with friends and family. Does any of that sound somewhat familiar? I’m sure it does, so long as you ignore talking lions.

So where am I going with this?  Well, the lockdown has been an excellent opportunity to reflect on things. I have been so lucky that in the past I’ve been able to travel and see the world and and visit some incredible places. While the wonder of seeing these sights has not been lost on me; I can’t help feeling that these moments would have meant more if I could share them with friends and family. That’s where the trusty camera comes in, giving us the ability to capture these precious moments and share them with those that mean the most.

Surely photography is more than just about recording the physicality of these moments. I think back to my wedding, one of the happiest days of my life, but it went by so fast. I swear, if you blinked, you missed it, at least that’s how it felt to me. There were so many people I wanted to spend more time with, well pretty much every guest there. When we got the photos back (thank you so much David*) I discovered lots of beautiful moments that I hadn’t been present for. I still got to experience them. For me, photography is not just about capturing the visuals or making an excellent looking picture. It’s about telling a story, capturing the emotions and feelings of that moment in time. It’s that, which for me, makes photography art and more than just a technical task to complete.

All of these thoughts brought me back in a full circle, and I clicked my heels three times (don’t ask) and realised that in lockdown I’ve learnt that just as people make Glasgow, people make places. It’s their connections, stories, friends and family that give it meaning. Make the most of them while you can.

Stay safe people and keep away from flying monkeys!


* David Grant Simpson was the photographer at my wedding. He did such a great job, can't recommend him enough. https://davidgrantsimpson.com/


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