To Do List

By Grace Bristo

This series of portraits was produced in March 2021. As the national lockdown was slowly easing, things started opening up and we were starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel.

Just like a lot of people, I was sitting at home twiddling my thumbs trying to think of a new project to start. Everyday the news reported more and more Covid cases, and mental health significantly deteriorating for so many. It got me thinking… I wanted to know what people were looking forward to doing once lockdown had ended – what were people longing to do after this period of nothing? This project allowed me to speak to some familiar faces, as well as complete strangers, I reached out to people on social media and also approached some on the street.

Although in many ways the portraits represent the ease of lockdown measures, they also present the feeling of anticipation, joy and hopefulness. In a time when so many had been longing for their normal life –  whatever that may mean to them – this photography series shares a feeling of community and similarity between many.

All images were shot on a Medium format camera (Mamiya RB67), using 120mm film (Kodak Portra 400). Developed and scanned in my old two bed flat just off Huntingdon Road.

About the artist

Grace Bristo is a local photographer, who, until earlier this year, lived in St Neots where she was a student at Longsands School. Her love photography took her to Nottingham University to study photography and she is now a freelance photographer working on projects for Amazon Music, Amazon Fashion, Converse, Warner Music and Notion magazine.

During the COVID pandemic she was, like most of us, stuck at home and looking for things to do, and from that period of lockdown this project idea was born…

You can see more of Grace’s work on her website: www.gracebristo.co.uk and Instagram @gracebristo

You can also send her an email at: gracebristo@gmail.com