Staying positive in lockdown has been challenging for us all, and it’s particularly tough when you don’t have a garden, as is the case for Ripon-based photographer Helen Tabor. Nevertheless, Helen decided to make the most of the situation by using her one permitted daily exercise session to get off the beaten track, discovering new walks around the edges of the city and a small way out in the surrounding countryside, slinging her camera round her neck and taking shots along the way, as she would usually do.
Along with its normally bustling Market Square and impressive Cathedral, Ripon is home to three rivers – the Ure, Laver and Skell – and countless woods and paths. During those April weeks of unending sunshine, blue skies and amazing sunsets, Helen and her son headed out for their daily fresh air, deriving much joy from the fact that there was no sign in nature that spring was in any way locked down, with the hedgerows bursting with wild flowers, blossoms and bird song.
Often going out early evening, at the quietest time of day, Helen was able to capture Ripon at its ‘golden hour’ best, and has produced an ebook to document this time: “When spring took no notice”. It contains all her favourite photographs from her various walks, along Ripon canal, on the Ripon Rowel Walk by the Ure, by the Laver at the Rustic Bridge and, before the driving restrictions fully came into force, in the surrounding countryside of Galphay, Lumley Moor and West Tanfield.
Helen said of her project: “We’re just so lucky living in such a beautiful place like Ripon, with wonderful walks just a few minutes from our door. It’s made a massive difference to my positivity during this difficult time, definitely kept us fit, and given me precious time to chat with my son, at the end of a long day of schoolwork. Putting the ebook together with all my photos has been a real labour of love – and a great showcase for springtime in Ripon!”
Available for Amazon Kindle Fire®, Apple iPad®, Android devices, and Mac or PC computers, Helen’s ebook is available on Blurb, price £3.99, by following this link.
When lockdown ends, Helen will be continuing to provide a photographic service for local businesses, primarily for architecture, interiors and gardens. For more details of Helen’s work and to discuss with her how she might collaborate with you, please contact her through her website.