Creative Photography during Lockdown COVID-19

During our COVID-19 Lockdown, I decided to focus on my mental well-being. By creating a Creative Photography platform where we could share pictures and have some sort of interaction using our creative juices.

66 Members later and we are rocking and rolling. Please feel free to go and have a look, you would be surprised what you can find in your home, garden, cupboards, and the amazing ideas you come up with.

First ever adventure was YELLOW, anything yellow! Maximum 4 photos or just one, depending on you. I got into trouble as I had nothing yellow, but found this precious cat ceramic cup my mom had bought me years ago and I placed a succulent into it.

Yellow ceramic cup with Succulent Copyrighted Pure Photography
Yellow ceramic cup with Succulent Copyrighted Pure Photography
Yellow ceramic cup with Succulent Copyrighted Pure Photography

The turnout for yellow was amazing and I was now busy trying to make sure that I kept a brave face on carrying on this awesome way to be creative and get my mind of things. So still feeling a little sensitive about the world and what was happening, I thought let’s keep us attached to our favourite things in the whole world, that have PAWS!

Still finding my way through this haze of death and a virus that is killing half the world, I had to dust myself off, I had people relying on me. The next subject I choose was “TEA POTS”, only Buddha will be able to explain that one, perhaps I was drinking capacious amounts of tea on lock down.

Shjoe… this is starting to take some rhythm and people are starting to love interacting and socializing through Social Media. It is actually special. Now when you suffer from General Anxiety Disorder as I do, you will note how haywire the themes go. You can almost see the graph of anxiousness I am suffering. Next theme: “ANYTHING THAT STARTS WITH A R” perhaps this virus that is ravaging the population of the earth. Not sure, why we came up with R. But I totally missed out on that one.

Did not post anything. OOOOOppppppppsssssyyyyy…. no one even noticed *wipes brow

Next bombshell was a bad day for me, I am literally depressed and scared. In tears and can barely keep my head together, I reach out to my therapist and get her on a Face Time chat. Best thing I could of done. My next theme was “SOMETHING THAT MEANS MUCH TO YOU” cliche, I know but it was what I needed.

I have not seen my mother in weeks, yes we chat on messenger daily and I see her on a screen, but I have not been able to hug her or rub her sore body, God I miss her. I can only send love and light to those who have lost a parent. Very hard. Ty and I reached the Taj Mahal finally, starfish that I picked up on the beach in Mozambique and my special moment of plants growing on my window sill.

Gals and Guys, next theme is “SOMETHING STARTING WITH A H” silly one, too tired to come up with something exciting, although it turned out quite epic…

They say that people with mental illnesses are emphatic and have a tremendous amount of compassion, we feel so much more than others, it’s true. We tend to take the pain of the world on our shoulders and try to fix it all, exhausting ourselves to such an extent we get depressed and all we want to do is sleep. That’s me. Pleased to me you. So doing this made me reach out to others suffering, making sure that they had something to look forward to and take part in. While we are all confined to home. Let’s be thankful and grateful we have a home.

Either I am boring you or you are intrigued. The next theme is “GREEN”. Yes a bright colour, something that is delightful in plants, vegetables, perhaps lounges, bedrooms etc.. here are my greens…

K, starting to get used to this lock down, lets do something we all love. “FOOD” that’s the BOMB.COM.

And lets get straight into the next thing, also so original, I mean honestly… “SOMETHING THAT STARTS WITH A S” I am clearly feeling a little bit better and I know I can find things in the house that will cheer me up, so off I go, with my IPhone and start taking photographs…

As you can see from above, I am not coming out of lock down skinny. That’s for sure. #justsaying. Ladies and Gents our next exciting, escape and explore around the house is “BLACK AND WHITE” feeling a little locked in a cage, need to put my black uniform on. Depression starting to show its face…

Now I am looking for Macro, “CLOSE UP OF ANYTHING AROUND THE HOUSE” Wowzers!!! Loved to see how all the stops were pulled out on this one! Fantastic group of amazing talented photographers..

Setting the picture up with my turquoise. Which has a record of never letting me down. My get lucky go to. Guess this means I am not feeling so blue anymore. But who knows what happens an hour later.

Finishing a bottle of wine, an intimate braai with my bestie, And a few Gins. Hungover… and due to the mood, I choose the theme called “SATURDAYS” with a miffkop (learnt this from a colleague). I feel out of sorts, not having our darling Fanny around, really makes this all harder. She is our Goddess housekeeper, that manages my life. Just like Mary Poppins. We have to do a spring clean. So here is my Saturday photograph. Lol, you can see the desperation in the picture.

Yes, life does go on. I have started to stop looking at the death rates and infected cases, only the confirmed cases that are well. So it’s all good. My next spark of delight is “TEXTURES”. Yeah, something grown-up!

No Pulitzer award for the textures pics, however, I have to say, I did like playing with the spaghetti. A mission to get them back in the box. At least it took some time out of the world pandemic. I got nostalgic and decide to pick “SOMETHING OLD”.

Give me some credit for making the filter warm to try and make it old. I smashed out of the pickings as the photographs were insane. So proud. And then I decided after looking in the mirror let’s do “CIRCLES”

Oh Gosh, something must have really upset me, so now I am now on “SHADOWS”. Let’s realize, that the beautiful thing in death, the dying finds peace.

Happy again. Hope is what I am holding on to. I choose Nature, my favourite subject. “ALL THINGS ABOUT NATURE”

Such prettiness, this world is going through such turmoil yet nature continues to flourish and grow. I hope we learn a very big lesson from this if we get through it. It’s time to start. It’s now or never.

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