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PANDEMIC PORTRAITS: Photographer captures the St Albans community throughout the pandemic

 Published on: 15th January 2021   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

A St Albans photographer has made it his mission to capture the community and how it changes throughout the pandemic.

Nic Madge has been busy taking photos of residents and business owners alike to create his series he has titled Pandemic Portraits. 

Capturing photos outside the city’s Town Hall, Nic said that he wanted to do something to record the changes in the community throughout the pandemic, capturing the highs and the lows.

He said: “I appreciate that we are living through history and I wanted to do something to record that.

“As any photographer does, I look at people and St Albans is such a diverse and vibrant community.

“By actually standing in the city centre and listening to people, I get far more of a sense of community than I’ve ever had before.”

The process is very COVID secure and Nic has carried on capturing the community over lockdown.

He said: “Obviously I’m really conscious about COVID safety issues. Photos are taken in the open air, I maintain social distancing and I’ve got hand sanitiser.”

Nic added that he has now had several people contact him asking to take their photo and he is hoping to keep the project going for a year.

“I will keep going for a year and hopefully that will see us through the pandemic, and hopefully through that time I will capture changes of moods.

“The captions provided are very varied. They’re so mixed but the captions change as we become more optimistic and less optimistic.

“COVID is moving very fast, history is changing and we are living through that.”

Nic also said that once St Albans Museum and Gallery is allowed to reopen, the Pandemic Portraits will be displayed until June 27.

Head to www.nicmadge.co.uk for more information or check out the series so far on Instagram @nicmadge

Picture credit Nic Madge

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