Doorstep Photography is something I wanted to do since lockdown occured. Photographers often describe themselves as storytellers and I wanted to help the residents of Reading to tell their story. I can’t be at most places in the world where unpresidented stories are unfolding daily, but the COVID pandemic is literally on our doorstep and I can’t not document it. In the space of a few weeks, we’ve become used to the new norm of working from home and homeschooling. As we wait for the daily briefings, lots of us as also feeling closer than we ever have to others around the world. Living the same lives. All in lockdown, there is a bizarre comfort in that.
This has been made possible by visual content created by photojournalists. Some friends of mine are busy creating content of surreal empty streets, who can forget Mumbai empty of people and traffic, trafalgar square – abandoned. Times square, Vatican city, the canals of Venice reclaimed by nature. A zombie apocalypse occuring in iconic cities all over the world. And then it’ll be over and some of us, we’ll go back to our normal lives.
When we go back, I want people to remember how they connected to their neighbours and strangers across the globe. Families at home, all self isolating in order to limit the spread of the horrible disease. Please keep checking back for more pictures. I’ll upload more here as I take them, or check my Instagram on www.instagram.com/sapnaodlin
I’ll be photographing households in Reading this week. A mounted print is £35. £10 of it goes to a charity local to Reading.
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Sapna, these are beautiful and you’ve done well to capture the spirit of the neighbourhood. I’m sure you would go down well in St John’s Village and Eldon Road Conservation Area. How do we get you here?
Thanks Nicole! I can’t promise anything but what time is a good time to come?
I think quite a few families down our road would be interested. Please do let me know where we go from here.