Cloud Diary – Skies Over Lockdown


Back at the start of lockdown I had to remove myself from social media for a bit as I could feel an existential and professional crisis building inside me, prompted from seeing how productive and creative a lot of other people in my network were being. Why wasn’t I being creative? Why weren’t ideas flowing? And that becomes one of those situations where the more you try and force it the further away from you it gets.

I did pick up the camera from time to time and took plenty of photos of my new pup and of the garden, but I didn’t have a project as such.

Then I was sat in the garden one lunchtime reading and leaned back and just stared at the sky for a while, having a nice little daydream. So I decided to document that moment with a photograph of the sky from my chair. And then I did the same the next day. And so on.

But I wasn’t just taking pictures of the sky. I was documenting my headspace and keeping a record of my daily daydreaming time. (If you don’t have a daily daydream I’d highly recommend it.) And then as the days ticked by I realised I wasn’t just documenting the clouds and my headspace, but also creating a record of what is likely to be one of the most unusual times in our generation. And the signs are all there to explain that. For one, I’m sat in my garden almost every day at 2pm – not something I’d be doing normally. But also look how there are no planes in the sky. None. I live not far from busy Manchester Airport and there are normally always planes taking off or circling to land.

So this is the product of my lockdown experience. A composite of photographs of the same piece of sky, taken from the same point at roughly the same time each day, over 24 days between April and June 2020. And a document of my daydreams!

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