Keswick in Lockdown Portraits Shortlisted

With great excitement, Tim Fisher, photographer and owner of the Northern Lights Gallery in Keswick can announce that two of his “Keswick in Lockdown” portraits have not only been shortlisted for the annual Portrait of Britain top 200 images, but both images have been selected as part of the Winning 100 Portraits in this, the 6th annual Portrait of Britain, 2020.

Having had his portrait images selected in two previous years, Tim says, “ It is hugely gratifying to see that some of my series, “Keswick in Lockdown” pictures are considered both contemporary and relevant enough to be selected in 2020 for this prestigious nationwide competition, published book and exhibition”.

From 23 April, a month after the town was locked down, Tim says, “I asked the residents of Keswick via facebook if I could come a photograph them during lockdown, how they were spending their days in those few very strange weeks, which in turn resulted in a series of portraits and formed a body of photographic documentary evidence of how the town and its residents managed through the pandemic”.

Tim is keen to emphasis that, “All of us in the town were hugely aware that we we the fortunate ones, with mountains, streams, parks, lakes, landscape and nature on our very doorsteps, our back yards, whereas others in the UK & worldwide were less fortunate than ourselves, living in cities and urban areas many were clearly suffering during this period”.

“This then is my response to this pandemic, of unbridled optimism, hope, joy, celebration, of the interconnectedness of our species, the reverence shown by Keswick residents, of our privilege in living in what Bill Bryson termed “The Lake District, when it is fine, and it usually is at least that, is surely the most beautifulplace on earth”, and Keswick is the surely the jewell in that national park crown” says Tim.