About us

The Lockdown Lens is a platform for sharing stories as social distancing takes hold around the world.

We are living through a historic moment never before experienced in our lifetime. This site is an attempt to capture and share how social-isolation and social-distancing is experienced all around the world. Expressing and sharing these experiences will hopefully help to process and make sense of this collective experience.

I want this to be an inclusive space to capture as many voices and perspectives as we can. I hope The Lockdown Lens attracts a breadth of voices and perspectives. I hope it can be a space to share unfiltered accounts from everyday life, comedy moments, hacks, recipes, emotions to more reflective pieces, commentaries, epiphanies. And when this is all over we will have something tangible to remember how it collectively shaped where we go next.

Views are contributors’ own. Contact us if you’d like to share your experience.

Why I set up this site

A few days into social distancing, I started thinking about how to capture my experience of locking down during COVID-19. 

I realised that living around the world has helped to prepare me. This isn’t the first time I’ve been in lockdown; I’ve managed before with a limited range of items in the shops; and while I’ve resolved to make sure I have a garden the next time there’s a pandemic, I’ve otherwise adapted with very little mental resistance. 

We keep hearing that this is an unprecedented moment in history. So I thought one way to make us feel part of a global experience would be to capture different accounts of how this is touching lives around the world. As a literature graduate, I think writing also offers a way to express and process what we are going through.

I’m really excited, and hope The Lockdown Lens attracts a breadth of voices and perspectives. I hope it can be a space to share unfiltered accounts from everyday life, comedy moments, hacks, recipes, emotions to more reflective pieces, commentaries, epiphanies. And when this is all over we will have something tangible to remember how it collectively shaped where we go next.

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