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Lockdown Photography

By Andy Stark of Stark-Images @ The Studio, Bridge of Weir

I am a photographer with my Studio in the same building as the Advertizer offices. As of the end of March like many other people my job became impossible to do – I mainly shoot nurseries and schools and family groups in the studio.

All gone -overnight. What to do?

I still had all my cameras, and fortunately myself and my family all remained healthy throughout lockdown. I was fit and I loved walking so that was what I did. I just made sure I took my camera with me often. I walked round Kilbarchan, Bridge of Weir, Johnstone, Brookfield etc and photographed what I saw. Newborn lambs, bees, butterflies, flowers, trees, interesting skies and even some stars.

I spent several cold dark hours trying to catch the Starlink Satellite chains to no avail.

When the weather would not play nice, I set up a mini studio in my attic office and photographed water droplets, dandelion heads, whatever I could find.

I organised an Alphabet Challenge for a local ZOOM group where kids were encouraged to try to find and photograph letters of the alphabet in their houses, gardens, surrounding area and post them on a Facebook page. A few weeks later we organised a “What am I” Challenge – you had to photograph part of a common item or close up at an odd angle and people had to guess what the items were.

As the local Lilias Day was cancelled in its usual format they held a Virtual Lilias Day and the villagers still decorated their houses and I spent a few hours recording the results to post on Facebook.

I nipped down to the airport to record the planes parked in lines at the end of the runway – very visual reminder of the situation.

When restrictions started to lift a little I was in a difficult situation. I couldn’t open the Studio but I needed to work. I offered outdoor, socially distanced photo shoots in peoples gardens or local parks. I also did graduation shoots for adults and kids who missed their end of nursery events. These proved very popular and kept my business ticking over.

The Studio is now open but only for passports, headshots and individual portraiture. Hopefully by September we will be fully open, but in the meantime I am still doing outdoor shoots.

Here is a selection of my work during lockdown:-

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