At the start of 2020, few people realised what awful devastation COVID-19 would unleash around the world. Today, in the spring of 2021, many of us are reflecting on the terrible impact this newly discovered virus has had on everyone.
Schools and workplaces have been closed, the elderly in care homes have not been able to see loved ones, hospitality, entertainment and sport has been closed down and everyone has lost someone they cared about. Many people, young and old, are struggling emotionally with little support or help. It has taken such a dreadful toll on life and emotions. As I was looking through my images of starling murmurations, I began thinking about the large numbers of birds flying by and I felt it mirrored the huge numbers of people affected by COVID-19 and I began to think about those people I knew personally who had been lost to COVID-19. I was also thinking about climate change and the natural world and how humanity’s hand has contributed to the emergence of this zoonotic disease and wanted to represent these thoughts through my imagery of the natural world.
You can see the start I have made on this project by viewing the “Starling murmurations” gallery (https://sensormanphoto.com/galleries/other-interests/starlings-in-covid-lockdown/) on my main website (https://sensormanphoto.com).