Photographers marking the missed milestones forced by lockdown

Photographers marking the missed milestones forced by lockdown

Lockdown forced many in Ireland to cancel or postpone significant occasions in their lives. Helen O’Callaghan talks to photographers about a project that aims to capture something of these special days — and to some of those photographed, who wanted to mark their missed milestone and at the same time raise funds for charity.
Lockdown hit — and, overnight, wedding photographer Deryck Tormey’s busy 2020 diary was empty.

Rather than wallowing in ‘what-might-have-been’, Tormey looked to see what good could come from this.

“Many people were cancelling wedding dates and other occasions. I thought it’d be nice to do something to mark the days that should have been,” says the Co Dublin-based photographer, who decided to offer people a free photo — in return, they’d donate to one of three charities: Saint Joseph’s Shankill (leader in dementia care in Ireland), Pieta House, and Bumbleance, the children’s national ambulance service.

‘Mark Your Day’ soon had requests from all over Ireland and Tormey — still restricted to 2km and eventually 5km — recruited a network of photographers. Very soon, he had 35 on board from 15 counties (“it was a bit tricky to find a photographer 2km from a house in Ballyhaunis, but we did it”) and the project was at 200 requests for photos.

Mark Your Day’s original fundraising target — €3,000 — was reached in six weeks at A new target of €5,000 was set and achieved within a fortnight — now the project hopes to raise €10,000. For Deryck, the endeavour has been a lot about bringing two seemingly opposite, but missing, things to people’s lives during lockdown: a sense of normalcy — and of excitement.
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Irish Examiner  –  3 August 2020
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