'Isolation With Dementia' - an elderly woman doing her makeup in a hand mirror during the Covid-19 lockdown

19 Mar 2020
Manor Road, Selsey, Chichester, West Sussex
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 South East region. It was taken at 10.47 on 19th March 2020. The photographer wrote the following text to explain how the image documents their experience of lockdown: "This is the first of an ongoing photographic series. I have been documenting my 89 year old grandmother’s experience of isolation. She has Vascular Dementia and is living with me during quarantine. Through caring for her and documenting the process, I hope to capture this time through the lens of the most vulnerable whilst also reflecting my own experience of living in lockdown. Lockdown has a huge affect on mental heath, especially those who don’t understand the situation and forget why they can’t go out."


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


© Amber Franks

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Photographer: Franks, Amber


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