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Freedom From Lockdown

Sonia Anne Ellem | Queensland, Australia

Young men gather by the seaside and share stories, fun, laughter, and freedom. They’ve been in lockdown and home-schooled for almost 12 months. Now free to enjoy each other’s company and do what they love best ... enjoy life!

As Australian's, we know that compared to people from other countries, we've had it much better than some during COVID times.

Yes, we've experienced all the usual distancing, isolation, lockdowns, border closures, quarantine, and travel restrictions. But not for so long and not as severe as in other countries.

Our ‘far-flung culture’ - multi-cultural society and vast, wide-open spaces are populated by residents living great distances from family and friends. This has meant that we have not been able to visit one another, and isolation and loneliness have been extremely difficult, with the case number for depression going through the roof. 

My series, ‘Freedom from Lockdown’, captures the joy and elation of a group of young coastal dwellers who have just escaped the confines of long-term lockdown and are reconnecting with friends, enjoying each other's company and getting ready to return to school in two days' time. 

Canon 77D | Tamron 18-400 


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