2020 – the year in images

A light that once was that is no more (near Ullswater, Lake District)

2020 was the year in which I photographed. Under lockdown, with all that emptiness and those astonishing clear skies, it was the thing to do. You shared images of anything on social media, just to tell people that you were still there, seeing things. I took many pictures of my home town of Rochester, discovering it anew. I went on epic walks through overlooked parts of north Kent (the Hoo peninsula in particular). I managed somehow to fit in two visits to the Lake District, one in January when there was no reason think that this was a year any different to any other. I even made it to a few London exhibitions, and my phone camera came too. Here are a self-indulgent twenty-two favourite images from the year of seeing. (Click on the title links for higher res version on Flickr)

Work (my working-from-home desk)
At the end of a blustery day (sun setting over the River Medway, Rochester)
And then the world changed colour (part of art work by Mariele Neudecker, ‘Among the Trees’ exhibition, Hayward Gallery
That light (flowers by boarding at Rochester Riverside development)
Fog on a football field (Keswick, Lake District)
Autumn beauty (tree next to Rochester Castle)
Watering can, gardening books and painting (Derek Jarman: My Garden’s Boundaries are the Horizon exhibition, Garden Museum)
Grey river (foggy Medway, near Hoo St Werburgh)
Decoy Fleet (saline waterway, Hoo Peninsula)
Caught in the evening light (Rochester)
Sunlight in the beck (Newlands Beck, Lake District)
Lunar (part of a floor of deserted wharf, Rochester riverside)
Lost in art (London Grads Now exhibition, Saatchi Gallery)
Tree, grey sky (Hoo peninsula)
Tonight’s the night (Medway river, near Rochester)
Whistler comes to Rochester (Medway river, early morning mist)
Rochester tree # 2
St Helen’s (Cliffe, Kent)
The shape of water (Brothers Water, Lake District)
After rain (Rochester castle)
Sunset, Crow Park (by Derwentwater, Lake District)

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