Unlike some countries, the UK isn’t yet in a state of lockdown, although we’re being advised to practise social distancing to avoid the Covid-19 virus as much as possible. I’ve been spending a lot of time at home but have also been considering ways I can get outside safely and do some photography. Given that London is a no-go hotspot at the moment I can’t get any further with my City Churches project so I’ve found an alternative – Essex churches!
We have lots of local villages with churches tucked away, most of which are deserted – perfect for an asthmatic who should be avoiding other humans! Oddly, a huge number of the churches are dedicated to St Mary in the county. I did consider restricting myself to those but perhaps that’s taking things a little too far.
My destination this afternoon was St Marys in Wendens Ambo – certainly one of the more unusual village names around here. As predicted I had the place to myself so I spent a happy hour or so pottering around with my camera and 12mm lens.
I’ll continue my project for as long as it’s possible to go out and about. That freedom may be curtailed at some point, but I don’t intend to be cooped up in the house 24 hours a day if I really don’t need to. I may also try shooting all the churches with the same lens, but I retain the prerogative to change my mind on that one!
20 March 2020