18th Apr, 2021

Photographer's 'Four Stages of Lockdown' wows Droitwich Camera Club judges

THIS image – entitled ‘The Four Stages of Lockdown’ – was created by photographer Julian Rouse for Droitwich Camera Club’s latest contest.

Julian, who taught physics at Droitwich Spa High School 25 years ago and at Wolverley in Kidderminster, is passionate about portrait photographs and has been taking a lot of selfies while isolating during the pandemic.

The 62-year-old said: “At the start of lockdown I was happy but then felt myself becoming more stressed as it wore on.”

Julian came up with the idea of choosing a selection of the pictures for a panel.

“I’m sure people will be able to relate the emotions expressed in the pictures to their own experiences during lockdown.”

The judges certainly agreed, awarding the picture top marks.

Julian used to take lots of wildlife pictures but seven years ago suffered a series of strokes.

He added: “The camera was good as it became the focus of my rehabilitation.

“My occupational therapist used to set me targets each week which helped with my recovery.”

When restrictions ease Julian is hoping to take some portraits of fellow Droitwich Stroke Club members.

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