Photographer Joanna Noble has been delighting Twitter with her creative approach to keep taking pictures while she stays at home – here’s Joanna’s idea for a brilliant lockdown photography project…

Photography has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. After making the switch to the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III, there was nothing I loved more than grabbing my camera and heading out for a walk or a drive to see what I could find!

When the lockdown began, I had to look for a new way to carry on enjoying my photography. I had come to rely so much on my usual routine of capturing the hidden countryside around the Black Country – with all that being put on hold for a while, this unsettling period seemed like the perfect time to try something new. The addition of a new M.Zuiko 30mm F3.5 Macro lens was the perfect way to do it!

The Image Space blogs and the Olympus social media platforms were a great place to look for inspiration for a new project – after being introduced to the amazing macro work of Geraint Radford and the #macrolunchtimes twitter hashtag, my head was full of ideas of what I could possibly create.

I already had some old model railway figures (and a few new ones that I bought over the Internet) and I began creating ways in which I could photograph them in different situations every day, using only items that I had available in my home and garden. I wanted to turn this into a ‘Little Project’ that would act as a reminder of the strange time we were living through and provide a bit of light relief!

I got started with a collection of street figures: included in this set were several little men with brushes and bins. It seemed an easy start to have them cleaning up something that we use every day – sugar! Using my Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III and my new macro lens, I made a simple set up on my kitchen work surface. I am lucky to have a large kitchen window which lets in lots of light, so I didn’t need any additional lighting from indoors.
It took a few tries to get the composition right, but using the remote control facility within the Olympus O.I.Share app and a steady tripod made it really easy to create!

“I think we’re going to need a bigger brush, Larry”
OM-D E-M10 Mark III & M.Zuiko 30mm F3.5 Macro at F10, 1/4sec, ISO 200

Over the last two weeks I’ve added a few more figures to my collection, including a set of gardeners who have made themselves at home in the growing collection of plants and herbs that have made their way on to my windowsill.

“Pleased with a day’s hard work!”
OM-D E-M10 Mark III & M.Zuiko 30mm F3.5 Macro at F10, 1/4sec, ISO 200

Even my children have got involved now, coming up with different ways we can bring the people to life in our garden!
It hasn’t taken much to get my ‘little project’ off the ground – just my camera, a macro lens, a tripod and a heap of imagination, but once you’ve got that, the possibilities are endless!

If you try Joanna’s project, tag your photos with #HomeWithOlympus so we can see your work!