It began with just a little request we made earlier this month.
We requested you to send us the last “normal” photo you had on your phone earlier than coronavirus modified your life. A whole lot of you responded. We have been overwhelmed.
On Saturday, we brought you 13 of those stories – from main sporting occasions to household gatherings to a marriage. We then invited extra of you to share your pictures on-line utilizing the hashtag #lastnormalphoto.
Thanks largely to a tweet by journalist Robyn Vinter, it shortly grew to become one of many prime three most-used Twitter hashtags worldwide.
Among the many tens of 1000’s of pictures shared on-line, there are some frequent themes. Meals, friendships, the totally random occasions that make up our lives. Many individuals’s pictures confirmed the final time they have been with kin, after lockdowns compelled households aside.
Sue Clark’s final “regular” photograph was at her daughter’s child bathe on 7 March. Her grandson Theo was born in late April.
The lockdown meant Sue was unable to see or help her daughter through the remaining weeks of her being pregnant, or to be shut throughout what was a troublesome start.
“Fortunately all turned out high-quality however it is a state of affairs the place as a mom your intuition is to be there – however sadly I felt I needed to comply with the foundations,” she advised the BBC.
Sue and her daughter at the moment are arranging to fulfill at a distance in a park subsequent week.
Social distancing guidelines imply group occasions could now really feel like a distant reminiscence, however a lot of you shared pictures of crowds in shut proximity solely a few months in the past.
So much (and we imply a lot) of the pictures additionally confirmed individuals consuming in eating places and bars, or going to golf equipment or theatres – locations which have been inaccessible for many people for at the very least two months, and will stay so for a while.
Some discovered a photograph of their office or college, trying again at a time earlier than distant working was launched to cut back the unfold of the virus.
Olivia Simpson’s final “regular” photograph was taken on a commute to school on 13 March.
She would usually meet buddies within the library so they may work collectively, however like 1000’s of scholars throughout the UK, she is now persevering with her research alone at house.
Others had been anticipating huge occasions earlier than the brand new guidelines took impact. A number of individuals shared pictures of the clothes they purchased for a promenade that might not go forward.
One in every of them was Emma Canzanese, 18. She selected her promenade costume on 5 March – it made her really feel assured in herself. However the promenade was later cancelled due to coronavirus rules in New Jersey.
“I am pleased I nonetheless purchased it for any future event,” she stated, “however it will have been superb to roll as much as promenade and showcase.”
Some joked about how irregular their final “regular” photograph was.
Dr Dani Rabaiotti, a scientist with the Zoological Society of London posed with a meerkat at London Zoo for her final photograph.
The zoo has been closed to guests since late March because of the coronavirus lockdown and employees say it now faces an unsure future.
A pleasant meerkat shouldn’t be as irregular, nonetheless, as a meal of fried rooster and donuts.
If you happen to might return to the beginning of the 12 months and provides your self some pre-lockdown recommendation, realizing what was about to occur, what recommendation would that be?
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