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Quarantine day 783,893: Stayed home today- again.

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I’m writing this just as lockdown restrictions are being reinforced in Melbourne following a worrying increase in covid-19 cases across the city, just when it looked like we were on top of this thing. Gyms were reopening, we could sit at a cafe and order a coffee just like old times, this was going to be ok. And then; back to square one. Sigh.

But despite this setback, things are ok. We’re going to be ok. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a sob post. It’s an appreciation post.

Arriving back from Thailand in January I of course had no idea that like most of the world I’d be stuck at home for months and possibly even the rest of the year. It’s all a bit surreal, but this is how I’m choosing to look at it: I have a home, a safe place to wait this out, and I have enough to eat. That is more than most of the world’s population can say.

I’ve also had time to catch up on work that would otherwise sit waiting for a rainy day. This is the admin and forward planning stuff that you have best intentions to get done, but never seem to find the time. So I’m grateful for that too.

I feel like I’ve managed to learn some new editing skills as well. When photographers can’t make photos what do we do? Edit photos instead. We all evolve as creators naturally but I feel like looking back and re editing some older images has given me an idea of how my vision might evolve moving forward. To be honest I was feeling a little stuck before all this happened. Like I’ve been rehashing the same images just in different locations. But having time to study my own work as well as the work of people I look up to has given me a whole bag of new ideas to try.

It’s a frustrating, uncertain time. But we can choose not to waste it. It’s going to be strange at first when we get back out there. Like the first day of school. But until the day we can point our cameras into the late afternoon sun, let’s make the best of a bad situation and use this time wisely. If anything this situation has reinforced how fragile and limited our time on earth is.

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