Wow, what challenging times we are experiencing. Ever since Prime Minister, Boris Johnson announced lockdown messages on March 23, we were left thinking … What now? What next? How is this going to work?
The new measures asked us to only venture out for necessities and exercise, limiting walks to 1 hour a day (max), keeping a 2m distance from other people.
Venturing out on our first walk post lockdown we experienced a glorious Spring day and this really lifted the spirits. Blossom on the trees, birds flying high in blue skies and butterflies fluttering around. We had a new appreciation for our surroundings and how we were going to treasure our walks and freedom even more so now.
Returning to the studio, we went into “creative mode” – what could we do to help? How could families and communities come together? Following a short brainstorming session, One Walk Wildlife was spawned. A very simple concept and hashtag (#onewalkwildlife) – look, then look again! Appreciate what we have and our surroundings and share pictures with others by using the hashtag. Pictures can be plants, animals or whatever really. Just stuff you spot on your one walk a day. Hopefully this will lead to a beautiful album of positive imagery and when this is all over we can collate the images and do something with them. Perhaps a book, exhibition or set of prints?
Stay safe. Stay well. Appreciate what you have and thank those who are sacrificing their own health to save others. #ThankYouNHS
Top tip from Mindfulness guru and friend of the studio, Ruth Davey from Look Again:
“If you can’t get out or live in the city, look around your home with a new perspective or take inspiration from books and online; what can you find to share that will life the spirits and inspire? Look, then look again.”