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BY PETER DENCH

We hear from Olympus Visionary and renowned photojournalist, Peter Dench as he shares the details of his latest publications featuring photographs captured during the 2020 lockdown.

Hello dearest Olympus fans, I hope you have bounced into 2021 with hope and a smile.

During the ‘Lock I’, I was fortunate enough to be able to roam relatively freely with my Olympus cameras documenting aspects of this interminable pandemic.

You may have read about my exploits in a previous blog: HUNTING PHOTO STORIES DURING THE PANDEMIC

I thought it might be a nice idea to turn some of the work from this extraordinary passage of English history into bright, glossy, tactile zines for your enjoyment and consumption – DENCH’S LOCKDOWN DIARIES 

Here’s a bit about them and where you can get them.

Lockdown Fanatical Football Fans

When lockdown was initiated, football fans were abruptly severed from their team. Lifetime traditions and habits suspended, maybe gone forever. Regular outlets for emotional release denied. The government advice was to stay away from stadiums. Police were on patrol to disperse potential groups. Signs instructed fans to leave the area and watch from home. Not every fan complied, the temptation to be close to their idols, too much.

56 pages – 200 x 143mm Colour digital printing gloss laminated throughout

Sun, Sea & Covid-19

As lockdown restrictions began to ease across England in May 2020, soaring temperatures lured sunbathers to the coast stretching public services and testing the capacity of beaches to accommodate social distanced crowds. 

64 pages – 200 x 143mm Colour digital printing gloss laminated throughout

The Tale of the Tape

Seemingly overnight, around the third week of April during lockdown in London, red and white striped tape became ubiquitous across the English capital. At the time, a city wide stay-at-home order meant Londoners could leave the house only for exercise. The caution tape was meant to discourage the use of public facilities. 

56 pages – 143 x 200 mm Colour digital printing gloss laminated throughout

Available as individual zines or a limited edition box set from Fistful of Books, click through below to buy (you will be taken directly to the Fistful of Books website to complete your order).

Dench’s Kit: OM-D E-M1 Mark II, M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100 mm F4 IS Pro Lens, FL-900R Flash.

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