A Photograph A Day During India’s 68 Days Nationwide Lockdown

FoFaFiFl Blog - India COVID-19 Lockdown

2020 – the year which has created history. It has changed the way mankind functions. It has made us realise and cherish the basic necessities required to survive. The fast-paced world came to a standstill for a couple of months. There has been chaos, fear and sorrow associated with the pandemic as the scientists still try to discover a cure. On the other hand, nature got some time to heal, even if it was for a few months.

According to reports by media, a novel coronavirus was first detected in China around December 2019. It slowly started spreading around the world by mid-January 2020. On February 11, 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced a new name for the novel coronavirus – COVID-19. On March 11, 2020, COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by WHO.

India reported its first case of COVID-19 on January 30, 2020. Initially things were under control, but it started spreading rapidly around end-February 2020. On 24 March 2020, the Government of India announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown starting from midnight. Everything came to a standstill from March 25, 2020. On the morning of the first day of lockdown, we decided to start documenting the lives of people during the lockdown with one photograph shot daily in the morning, from our balcony on the second floor of our building.

After the first 21 days, the lockdown got extended thrice with the last day of the fourth phase of lockdown being today, May 31, 2020. We have continued our endeavour of taking one photograph a day through these phases of the lockdown as well. During the lockdown, on May 20, 2020, the state of West Bengal was also hit by super cyclone Amphan, leaving behind a trail of destruction.

With the Government slowly trying to exit the lockdown and normalise the situation, we have decided to close our series with the last post being made today – the last day of the fourth phase of lockdown. By trying to capture the lives of the people over these last 68 days, we got to observe the human behaviour closely – how people were initially scared of the lockdown, then started living with it and eventually came to mocking it. We even witnessed how life went on after the destruction of Amphan. And, we finally came across a lot of heroes – some with and many without a uniform.

We have purposely not given any caption to these photographs as we wanted to let the viewer interpret the story behind the photographs in their own way and not influence them with our thoughts. If anyone is interested to know the story behind any photograph you can write to us at connect@fofafifl.club and we would be glad to share it with you privately.

Once life returns to normalcy, we would like to put up the photographs shot during the nationwide lockdown in India for exhibition, the proceeds from which we plan to use to help the people whose livelihoods have been impacted because of the lockdown. We would be grateful if any of our readers would like to come forward and help us with the exhibition as we have little knowledge in this domain.

Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 1 | Date: March 25, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 2 | Date: March 26, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 3 | Date: March 27, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 4 | Date: March 28, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 5 | Date: March 29, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 6 | Date: March 30, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 7 | Date: March 31, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 8 | Date: April 1, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 9 | Date: April 2, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 10 | Date: April 3, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 11 | Date: April 4, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 12 | Date: April 5, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 13 | Date: April 6, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 14 | Date: April 7, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 15 | Date: April 8, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 16 | Date: April 9, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 17 | Date: April 10, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 18 | Date: April 11, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 19 | Date: April 12, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 20 | Date: April 13, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 21 | Date: April 14, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 22 | Date: April 15, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 23 | Date: April 16, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 24 | Date: April 17, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 25 | Date: April 18, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 26 | Date: April 19, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 27 | Date: April 20, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 28 | Date: April 21, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 29 | Date: April 22, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 30 | Date: April 23, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 31 | Date: April 24, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 32 | Date: April 25, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 33 | Date: April 26, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 34 | Date: April 27, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 35 | Date: April 28, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 36 | Date: April 29, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 37 | Date: April 30, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 38 | Date: May 1, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 39 | Date: May 2, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 40 | Date: May 3, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 41 | Date: May 4, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 42 | Date: May 5, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 43 | Date: May 6, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 44 | Date: May 7, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 45 | Date: May 8, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 46 | Date: May 9, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 47 | Date: May 10, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 48 | Date: May 11, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 49 | Date: May 12, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 50 | Date: May 13, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 51 | Date: May 14, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 52 | Date: May 15, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 53 | Date: May 16, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 54 | Date: May 17, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 55 | Date: May 18, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 56 | Date: May 19, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 57 | Date: May 20, 2020
The Day of Amphan
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 58 | Date: May 21, 2020
The Day After Amphan
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 59 | Date: May 22, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 60 | Date: May 23, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 61 | Date: May 24, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 62 | Date: May 25, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 63 | Date: May 26, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 64 | Date: May 27, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 65 | Date: May 28, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 66 | Date: May 29, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 67 | Date: May 30, 2020
Nation-wide Lockdown: Day 68 | Date: May 31, 2020

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The Gear We Used To Take The Photographs During The Lockdown

2 thoughts on “A Photograph A Day During India’s 68 Days Nationwide Lockdown”

  1. I have always been a Fan of your & Farah’s photography. A person has to be extraordinarily creative to capture such varied set of pictures, from a single window frame adjacent to that flyover. The series of glimpses give us an idea of various activities running during this lockdown. The local rickshaw-puller, the auto drivers, the sweepers, “the Bhaaris”, the army were all in action to serve the state, rather the Nation. An impeccable portrayal of these 68 days Lockdown through your lenses. Thank you.

    1. Thank you so much, Suyesha! The photography is Shabbir’s and I am the writer, but we’re a team. 🙂

      The most difficult part of this series was to remain patient and continue with it over the 68 days. It took a lot to motivate ourselves every morning to take the photograph, edit it and then post it, while rushing to sit for work and completing our household chores.

      Such kind comments from you guys feed that motivation. Thanks once again.

      – Farha

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