'The New Normal' - a pair of blue protective gloves hanging on a washing line during the Covid-19 lockdown

24 Apr 2020
Bracken Court, Brandon and Byshottles, Ushaw Moor, County Durham
Photograph (Digital)
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The Picturing Lockdown Collection was created during April and May 2020, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. During seven days the public were asked to submit photographs that they felt best represented their experiences of lockdown in England, and from these submissions one hundred representing all the different geographic regions were chosen to be archived with Historic England. Alongside these images, ten artists were commissioned to produce their own images over the course of five days, representing their lockdown experience. These were supplemented with images by Historic England’s own photographers. Together, the Picturing Lockdown collection forms a permanent visual record of this unusual time in history.

This photograph is one of the one hundred images taken by the public, and was chosen to represent the North East region. It was taken at 13.50 on 24th April 2020. The photographer wrote the following text to explain how the image documents their experience of lockdown: "It was 5 weeks into the lockdown, I observed my wife hanging out the washing, along with the protective gloves. She hung them as if it was completely normal, something that would have seemed very strange 5 weeks ago now feels like the new normal."


This is part of the Sub Series: HEC01/036/01 Picturing Lockdown Collection - Public Submissions; within the Series: HEC01/036 Picturing Lockdown Collection; within the Collection: HEC01 Historic England


© Carl Joyce

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Photographer: Joyce, Carl


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