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.


Walking With Ciara

Local videos of ominous brown water reaching conservatory doors, trampolines on railway lines and a blockade that wouldn’t look out of place on the set of Les Miserables in front of our local pub. “Viva La Red Lion!” Read more


Every Moment Matters: Tide and Time at Ravenscar

Every moment matters” - A trope that feels more true today as I charge eastward, attempting to reach my destination before the sun kisses the horizon. It’s the start of winter, a time when tide and time conspire to ruin the best-laid plans of mice and photographers! Read more


Unique snow shape sculpted by the beast from the east

Walking With The Beast

When you think of the wild, what do you think of? The Masai Mara? Antarctica? A South American Rainforest? Or maybe it’s a children’s birthday party at a soft play centre! Read more