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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.

Enjoy!

My Lockdown Life: Day 474

COLLAGE SOURCE(S)

John Leech’s “Bloomerism – An American Custom” (1851)(vol. 21, p. 141)(coloured)(personal photo of personal copy of Punch)

Gold frame from “Noon” via Birmingham Museums Trust (1953P360)

PHOTO LOCATION

Former Country Life headquarters, Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, London

My Lockdown Life: Day 472

COLLAGE SOURCE(S)

John Leech’s “Bloomerism – An American Custom” (1851)(vol. 21, p. 141)(coloured)(personal photo of personal copy of Punch)

Cream mat with gold line from “Ariccia” via Birmingham Museums Trust (1953P149)(CC0)

PHOTO LOCATION

Exeter Street between Burleigh Street and Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London

THOUGHTS

The door behind the metal fencing leads into a building that once housed Tit-Bits. One night, a few years ago, I was walking down Exeter Street with a friend when we noticed the door was ajar. We did not trespass. However, since that night, I have regretted not going through the door and taking a look around the building.

My Lockdown Life: Day 471

COLLAGE SOURCE(S)

John Leech’s “A Staggerer for an Excursionist” (1851) from Punch (vol. 21, p. 124)(coloured)(personal photo of personal copy of Punch)

Gold frame from “Medea” via Birmingham Museums Trust (1925P105)

PHOTO LOCATION

Southampton Street, Covent Garden, London (Outside the former headquarters of George Newnes Limited)

THOUGHTS

Whenever I am in the neighbourhood of the Strand and Southampton Street, I stop by the building that once housed George Newnes Limited. It was constructed around the time the Strand Magazine was launched and George Newnes Limited was founded in 1891. The clock once had George Newnes written on its face.

My Lockdown Life: Day 470

COLLAGE SOURCE(S)

John Tenniel’s “Nothing But the Truth” (1891) from the 12 September 1891 issue of Punch (vol. 101, p. 127)(coloured)(personal photo of London Library copy)

Cream mat from “Ariccia” via Birmingham Museums Trust (1953P149)

PHOTO LOCATION

Canada Water Station, Rotherhithe, London

My Lockdown Life: Day 469

COLLAGE SOURCE(S)

John Tenniel’s “Nothing But the Truth” (1891) from the 12 September 1891 issue of Punch (vol. 101, p. 127)(coloured)(personal photo of London Library copy)

Gold frame from “Elijah and the Widow’s Son” from Birmingham Museums Trust (1912P23)

PHOTO LOCATION

South Bank near the National Theater and the Thames, London, at sunset

My Lockdown Life: Day 468

COLLAGE SOURCE(S)

Edward Linley Sambourne’s “Now You’re Quite the Gentleman” (1891) from the 5 December 1891 issue of Punch (vol. 101, p. 266)(coloured)(personal photo of London Library copy)

Gold frame from “Wooded Landscape with Sheep Crossing a Bridge” via Birmingham Museums Trust (1984P10)(CC0)

PHOTO LOCATION

Waterloo Bridge next to Royal Festival Hall, South Bank, London

My Lockdown Life: Day 466

COLLAGE SOURCE(S)

Edward Linley Sambourne’s “Will You, Won’t You!” (1891) from the 21 November 1891 issue of Punch (vol. 101, p. 242)(coloured)(personal photo of London Library copy)

Gold frame from “Ariccia” via Birmingham Museums Trust (1953P149)

PHOTO LOCATION

Jermyn Street, St. James’s, London

My Lockdown Life: Day 465

COLLAGE SOURCE(S)

Edward Linley Sambourne’s “Will You, Won’t You!” (1891) from the 21 November 1891 issue of Punch (vol. 101, p. 242)(coloured)(personal photo of London Library copy)

Gold frame from “Portrait of David Cox” via Birmingham Museums Trust (1978P185)

PHOTO LOCATION

Jermyn Street, St. James’s, London