Today’s lockdown feature is with events photographer Marge Bradshaw, showing us around the empty streets of her hometown and seeking out welcome corners of nature to capture…
‘I’m Marge Bradshaw, I’m in Bolton, Greater Manchester (or Lancashire, depending how you mark your boundaries!) with my husband and step-son.
These lockdown shots represent the two main creative outlets in my life right now. Firstly, capturing the changes to previously familiar landscape and street furniture on my daily walk; and secondly my garden. I’m spending more time than ever in our small bit of outdoor sanctuary, which has given me a creative focus and helped my mental health and wellbeing.
I’d normally be shooting culture and live events like gigs, festivals, theatre or workshops for museums, galleries and heritage sites. Plus corporate awards and a spot of family documentary.
When it’s over I’m most looking forward to photographing human beings again! And going to see my Mum, who’s looking after my Step-Dad by herself at home – he’s in the advanced stages of mixed dementia.
I’m coping with lockdown by trying to pick up my camera every day, finding creative opportunities in even the smallest, mundane, everyday objects lying around the house. My top lockdown tip is to follow the 5 Ways to Wellbeing: connect, take notice, learn, give and be active. Works wonders!’