Amy Romer

Photojournalist and documentary photographer
28 Days Quarantine
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Nationality: British
Biography: I need three things in this world: my camera, my notebook, my audio recorder. I live to tell compelling stories that elevate underreported issues around human rights, social justice and the environment. Originally from Devon, England, I'm... read on
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28 Days Quarantine
Credits: amy romer
Date of Work: 10/05/20 - 11/20/20
Updated: 01/04/21
Location: Topsham, UK
I've spent most of 2020 thinking of ways I could safely and sensibly get back to the U.K. My home is Vancouver, British Columbia, but I'm British and my family live in Devon, England. As for many families this year, 2020 has felt like one disaster after another. My family have endured both deaths and recoveries from COVID-19, and for me, it's all happened from afar.

In October, my partner and I flew back to England. We quarantined for a total of 28 days—14 in Devon, 14 in Vancouver.  From the moment we landed in London, I couldn't help but compare how London and Vancouver were dealing with COVID-19 so differently. It felt clear to me why coronavirus numbers in England were spiralling out of control. Crowded pubs, lax attitudes and political distrust have no doubt affected the spread of COVID in England. Meanwhile in British Columbia, numbers rose from behind closed doors, after an influx of private gatherings in celebration of Thanksgiving.

As a photojournalist, quarantine was an opportunity to—for once—look inward rather than out, and to spend purposeful time in my own company. Something I found useful and reflective during this moment of global anxiety.

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Also by Amy Romer —


The place inside the head of False Creek

By Amy Romer / Vancouver — Sen̓áḵw is part of the unceded territory of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation)..

'We Are Not Responsible'

By Amy Romer / Topsham, UK — I’ve made a short experimental video as part of a 9 week photo workshop I’m currently involved..
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