New Normal - Portrait Project taken during the Covid 19 corona virus lockdown in the UK by Rich Bunce Walking Photographer

New Normal, A Lockdown Portraiture Project

I need things to go back to normal; I just don’t want it to.

2020 has been been a terrible year, but it has also been a defining year. It has forced change, some good, some bad. It has introduced what many describe as a “new normal”.

Our lockdown has been the best of times and the worst of times. I’ve exchanged some old bad habits for new ones. I’ve felt the closeness of my family bubble while feeling a painful distance for the family outside of it. I’ve saved an absolute fortune on coffee and cake but spent a fortune on digital subscriptions and biscuits. I’ve lost a lot of work while saving a lot on travel and expenses. I’ve lost weight, found time and lost all sense of what day of the week it is…

It’s the fragility and paradoxes of our own new normal that I’ve tried to capture in this personal and introspective portrait project. Below are some highlights from the series. You can see more photos on the New Normal project page.


Mother and son watch a mason bee approach solitary bee nest box

Is this the Summer of a Lifetime?

It won’t just be the virtual watchers of a Sun appearing over a pixelated Stonehenge who will have changed their plans this Summer.  All of us to varying degrees will have had to abandon preparations and adapt in the wake of the Covid pandemic. Read more


Plastic flamingo looking through window

Conwy: Castles, Peacocks & Flamingos

Flamingos, peacocks and tropical caravans might not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think of Conwy in Wales.Read more


Sunset over ilkley moor by white wells

Why I Still Carry a Camera on Grey "Flat" Days...

Are housebound days more bearable in hot and sunny weather or is confinement easier on the cold and wet ones? As week six of lockdown measures in the UK drawers to a close, I'm still not sure.

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Baildon Swifts: Pre-Season Training

"Shortbread or Gingers Nuts?!" These choice biscuits and one or two cups of tea will be the only immediate reward for braving the lofty heights of Baildon's hilly settlements today. Read more


Books on a Bookshelf

Good Reads 2020

It’s January, and while others like to experiment with newfangled diets and the latest exercise craze,  I like to reflect on some of my intake of books over the last twelve months.Read more


Malham Cove Sunrise

Post Election Hangover Cure

Elections are gruelling beasts. The build up to polling day is typically protracted, divisive and generally hard to escape! The day of an election is no less intense with endlessly repetitive speculations and relatively pointless predictions. Read more


BWPA, Coffees and Art on Ice...

Rich Bunce at British Wildlife Photography Awards
It's mid-September and I'm dead excited and it's not because I'm a year closer to turning forty! Read more


Another Year Blessed With Alfie the Lurcher

Happy Adoption Day Alfie!

As you get older, some decisions you take have bigger impacts than others. The day we adopted Alfie our lives have been turned upside down. In those six years we’ve had to work out many things, but may be the most challenging was keeping Alfie out of bins!

Happy Adoption Day Alfie, our lives all the richer for having you in it…


A65 Flowers by Night

Otterly Perplexing

So far this year, on three seperate occasions, I've noticed dead otters on the A65 between the Generous Pioneer round about (Burley in Wharfedale) and Kashmiri Aroma restaurant. This represents a distance of just under a mile. On each occasionI've returned within a matter of hours only to discover no trace of the original road kill. Read more