'Gathering Dust (Staying Home)' - Travel books and a typewriter on a shelf

4 May 2020
Alexandra Street, Victoria Garesfield, Rowlands Gill, Gateshead
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, taken at 20.20 on 4th May 2020, is the sixth of six images depicting the lockdown as experienced by the artist Aidan Moesby, and represents the North East region. The artist has written the following text to explain how this image documents their experience of lockdown: "As an artist I travel and document my experiences. I am a fan of the typewriter, the palpable tactility of words, and in the old days of Post Restante. A long shadow has been cast over travelling, in the days of stay at home, socially isolating and closed borders. Is this a past we will never return to? I can read of past travels and imagine future ones as I sit in the warm glow of a standard lamp at home in front of the fire."


This is part of the Volume: HEC01/036/02/02 Picturing Lockdown Collection: Artists' Submissions - Aidan Moesby; within the Sub Series: HEC01/036/02 Picturing Lockdown Collection - Artists' Submissions; within the Series: HEC01/036 Picturing Lockdown Collection; within the Collection: HEC01 Historic England


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