Ground hog days
Photographer Penny Milner found beauty in the every day during Auckland's August 2021 lockdown.
"This lockdown has been tough. I don’t think anyone expected it to last as long as it has. Most of the time, we have all 'gotten on with it' resignedly."
"However some days there has been a real sense of loss – days and weeks disappearing into nothing. Good memories that could have been but were not. I have felt so sad for our kids who have missed out on so much.
"Down-times do have their silver linings and for me it’s taking the opportunity to be in the ‘now’ to take notice of the beauty that can be in every day – a swan sitting on her nest and becoming a Mum, the family joy of having Daily Bread cinnamon buns delivered, a pod of orca swimming underneath the Harbour Bridge, laughing at old family photos."
"Photos don’t just capture a beautiful or interesting image, they also capture a moment in time – Auckland’s normally crammed northwestern motorway eerily empty – ghost seats devoid of fishermen chewing the fat waiting for a bite. Even our dog captured the lockdown mood perfectly – I could totally relate!"