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Lockdown brings neighbourhood into Fresh Focus

Added on: 6th June, 2020 by O1

Lockdown brings neighbourhood into Fresh Focus

Last Updated:
Thu, 11 June 2020

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Local photographer combines daily exercise with a creative community project, whilst also raising money for charity.

NATHAN TURNER moved with his wife from Greenwich into their new house in Farnborough the day before lockdown was announced by the government. Drawn to the London-Kent Gateway due to its close links to the city for work whilst also being closer to the garden of England, it has been an interesting time to settle into a new home, but Nathan has already become part of the community.

A part-time professional photographer (The Fresh Focus) and furloughed from his day job, Nathan found himself with limited work as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

Inspired by seeing a family portrait on Instagram taken during lockdown in the US, he came up with the idea of offering DOORtraits to local residents.

During his permitted daily exercise photographs are taken from the street, the end of the drive or down the garden path – whilst always following social distancing guidelines.

A message on his local residents’ Facebook group offering up the idea saw his inbox fill up very quickly.

Rather than receiving payment for his services himself, Nathan asks clients to make a voluntary donation to a charity of their choice.

“I wanted to find a way of staying creative during this time whilst trying to help others,” he explained.

Also a registered NHS Volunteer Responder, Nathan has been overwhelmed by the response to the project.

“It’s been unbelievable; the community is so friendly here and it’s been great speaking to everyone. I’ve even had an enquiry from a family in Dartford but I’m not yet fit enough to run there and back in an hour – maybe if lockdown goes on a few more weeks!”

You can look at Nathan’s work at www.thefreshfocus.co.uk

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