A Place for Collages (& Other Things)

Photograph of the mulberry tree in Sayes Court Park, Deptford, London, with a figure from the right wing of Walter Crane’s “The Briar Rose” (1905) triptych sitting on a branch.

My LOCKDOWN Life: An Exhibit of Sorts

It was forever ago…11 April 2020…a momentous and strange day. UK Lockdown 1.0 had been in place for about a month. Both Beth Gaskell (@gaskell_beth) and Deborah Canavan (@DeborahCanavan2) independently nominated me to do a 7-day “My Life in Photos” challenge on Twitter. It was a revelation. After weeks inside with little diversion other than state-permitted daily exercise, I needed something to help me get through the pandemic. So I started taking daily photographs of My LOCKDOWN Life: cats and plants and buildings. Seven days turned out to be just the beginning.

On Day 155 (13 September 2020) the project changed. Collage entered the picture. After reinvigorating my practice of collage (material and Photoshop), I started incorporating images from nineteenth-century artworks into the daily photographs. Several kind people encouraged me to put together a digital exhibit. This website is the result.

This site is a home for the “My LOCKDOWN Life” series (photographs and collages) as well as my freelance editorial work, independent research, and writing. Like the collages, it will be niche, down-and-dirty, erratic, occasionally inspired, uncompensated, and mostly ignored.


Published by annmhale

Ann M. Hale is a London-based freelance editor, writer, and independent scholar.

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