Search for the Hero Inside

From hairdressing, baking and sewing, to home-schooling, counselling and delivering… There is an army of unsung heroes in our community. Volunteers helping us get through the difficulties presented by lockdown, with their new-found roles, responsibilities and positivity (often funding these pursuits and paying for necessary materials out of their own pockets). Introducing the ‘Lock Down Heroes’...

Victoria AW SUN3 MAY 150
Steve AW SUN3 MAY 150

The ongoing COVID pandemic and associated social restrictions have made 2020 a testing time for many of us. It has thrown up new challenges and has shown how resilience and positivity can surface when people are confronted with a crisis.

Lock Down Hero is a photographic project created by Marksteen Adamson to celebrate the generosity of spirit and the enterprising initiatives shown by ordinary people in local communities in and around Cheltenham.

Alice AW SUN3 MAY 150
Martin AW 20 MAY 01 150

Nominations were invited for people who had gone out of their way to help others by learning a new skill or providing a much needed service. Marksteen took portraits of the successful nominees. These were made into posters with a short summary of their new-found skill and posted, with permission, on social media.

The project shows a community full of positive action, a diverse range of people with a generous, can-do, approach to life.

Richard AW TUE9 JUNE updated 150
Margaret AW SUN3 MAY 150
EMILY AW MON11 MAY 150
MATT AW WED24 JUNE 01 150
TOM AW MON11 MAY 01 150
TWINS AW THU2 JULY 150

A selection of portraits from the Lock Down Hero project. Clockwise from top left: Richard, Mentor. Margaret, Production co-ordinator. Emily, Marathon Runner. Isla-Rose and Lily-Mae, Fundraisers. Tom, Entertainer. Matt, Transport Provider.