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Life. It’s what this pandemic, and all the measures to fight it are about. Ending life vs preserving it. Fighting for our lives; mourning lives lost. Limiting our own lives so that someone else may live.

Over 1,000 Covid deaths were recorded today, in the UK alone. And how many more were lost through delayed hospital treatment, or fear of going to hospital? How many lives are slowly ebbing away through loneliness, and a sense that life isn’t really worth living anymore?

We now understand the fragility of things we have taken for granted – even our ability to breathe hangs in the balance. Are we going to be lucky when the virus strikes? Or are our cards numbered?

Life for us is frozen, and yet it thrives. Nature is testiment to that. And as we suddenly marvel at the natural world, now that the noise has been turned down again, we begin to question our own existence.

Maybe it is good to pause a while. Everyone needs to be put in their place when they get above themselves. We are not invincible. Let us remember that. But still, let us fight for every breath for everyone. By just doing nothing.

This image forms part of my Daily Print series, and is available to buy here.

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Another Time

Every time I see the Gormley statue ‘Another Time’ I think that he must have had a premonition of Covid 19. There’s just something prophetic about the lonely person standing stoically on the shoreline, knowing that the tide will inevitably come in and engulf him, and that he must just hold his ground and take it, until gradually it goes out again. But then it will be back. There is nothing he can do but take it, again and again. He can’t beat the forces of nature. All he can is hope to survive it.

As inevitably as the tide will come in, I will keep photographing the statue, as I’m fascinated by it. For a change, this one is taken from a lower angle to show the seaweed, with a nod to T. S. Eliot’s poem ‘The Wasteland’.

The image forms part of my Daily Print series, and is available to buy here. You might also like this palette print