How Lockdown Has Affected Photography

Updated: Apr 25, 2021

The world has been in some form of lockdown for the majority of 2020, with endless events being cancelled, pubs and shops being temporarily closed, and people being urged to stay indoors.

Lockdown has affected everyone on the planet, even photographers who just want to enjoy a cheeky pint at the pub after a long nature shoot, including landscape, portrait, and wedding photographer from South Yorkshire, David Goodier. David had initially feared the worst when the lockdown was announced, using a four-letter expletive and started drinking wine to cope.

Fortunately for David, the lockdown wasn’t too harsh on his business, just on his pub habits: “all but two of my weddings from late March have merely postponed so it’s given more of a clash flow than a loss of income.”

Lucky David has also seen a rise in wedding bookings recently than he’d expect for the normal end of summer months let alone during lockdown months.

“In short, it’s not really affected me financially at all in a negative way.”

However, lockdown has also affected his recreational photography. David believes that the only downside he’s encountered has been the lockdown restrictions, forcing him to let his camera gather dust despite all the free time he had to go out shooting.

The seemingly endless months of lockdown have allowed David to focus on other projects such as his new website that he’d been putting off for seven months.

He’s also been able to “learn a lot more in processing, which should benefit me going forwards both in style and speed, and I’ve also significantly changed my gear to allow me to shoot in a different but more natural-to-me way.”

Another photographer - and blogger - Alexander Sorg has been affected by the lockdown. Living in Denmark - one of the first European countries to announce a lockdown - Alexander is originally from Germany and runs the German website Meermond, with wife Marion Sorg.

While he acknowledges that lockdown has “had a huge negative impact on how we feel and move around in the public and on our feeling of being free”, Alexander can’t deny that it’s had a positive effect on his blog and photography work, with “chances not existing before” presenting themselves to him.

“In the lockdown I had the chance to take pictures of empty beaches and cities, which normally would be alive with tourists.”

The photography and travel bloggers also managed to enjoy a trip to Norway where they were the only tourists.

Alexander said it was “a special feeling” being the only non-Norwegians travelling the country.

Even with their foreign travelling experience, the strangest thing to happen to them during the lockdown was the unusual rise in views on their blog. “[Lockdown] gave a big push in publicity because nearly all the tourists had to cancel their summer holiday, and thus were longing for pictures and news from their beloved destination, Denmark.”

Lockdown can’t help everyone learn and grow, and this has been the case for professional photographer, Dan Cook, who has had to deal with all of his bookings cancelling due to lockdown restrictions and safety concerns, leaving him strapped for cash during the majority of lockdown

“Business-wise, I lost all of my school event bookings in March, had no income for six months, and only now in September have I had some work.”

Of course, it’s not just his business that’s been affected by the lockdown, Dan also enjoys photographing London streets in his spare time but hasn’t been able to out of fear of getting trapped on a busy train, which he believes is too high of a risk just to take some photos.

Instead, the professional photographer has had to resort to photographing his dogs and local nature for something to do.

Despite a rough few months stuck inside and taking pictures of his garden, things seem to be looking better for Dan as new bookings make their way into his empty calendar. “This September I’ve photographed a wedding ceremony and I’ve got two sports bookings.’

At least for many photographers out there, their businesses are still able to survive despite lockdowns taking place worldwide, and some are even hoping to thrive in the new year, including David Goodier: “I should emerge from all this in 2021 sometime as both a better photographer and in a better business position than I was in March 2020.”

At least for many photographers out there, their businesses are still able to survive despite lockdowns taking place worldwide, and some are even hoping to thrive in the new year, including David Goodier: “I should emerge from all this in 2021 sometime as both a better photographer and in a better business position than I was in March 2020.”

 

Alexander Sorg Instagram

Meermond Instagram

Meermond Website

Dan Cook Website

Dan Cook Blog

David Goodier Website

David Goodier Instagram

 

Title image supplied by Alexander Sorg of an empty ferry restaurant - “the ferries between Denmark and Norway normally burst with people.”

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