A Place for Collages (& Other Things)

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.


My Lockdown Life: Day 500


John Everett Millais’s “Kept in the Dark” (1882)(engraved by Joseph Swain)(coloured) via Birmingham Museums Trust (1978P626.3)


Fleet Street (looking toward Daily Telegraph building), London


Day 500. I am tired. I am out of inspiration. I feel like I should continue, although I am not sure how. I did not quite anticipate how exhausting a daily collage would be, and I certainly never imagined I would be doing a daily image for 500 day straight. No one cares if I continue. So, should I?

My Lockdown Life: Day 499


John Leech’s “Sincere Grief at the Destruction of the Crystal Palace” (1851) from Punch (vol. 21, p. 177)(coloured)(personal copy of Punch)

Banners on Piccadilly are part of “Piccadilly Art Takeover” sponsored by the Royal Academy and Art of London


Intersection of Piccadilly and St. James’s Street, St. James’s, London

My Lockdown Life: Day 497


John Leech’s “Protection to Barristers” (1851) from Punch (vol. 21, p. 32)(coloured)(personal copy of Punch)


Prince Street, Deptford, London


As I approach the 500th post in a row, I am starting to think of ways to change this endeavour – link it more to my research. So I am spending a few days trying new things. Hence, here is Mr. Briefless putting a boot up Mr. Dunup’s behind. I need to go back to Mr. Briefless and his kind. I need to get back to a lot of things.