Grounded nomad 


A body of work spanning 50+ images taken from a limited year of travel as a digital nomad in the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic. The images show my initial time in Asia at the beginning of 2020, before I returned back to the UK for the first lockdown. When restrictions lifted over the summer as cases dropped, I made my way to France in a self-contained campervan called Juno. The landscapes I encountered along the way - normally filled with people and life - became increasingly deserted as the year went on. I lived in France for nearly 6 months before the second wave kicked in.  I drove back through France to board a ferry back to the UK, a few days before Britain left the EU. 

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Pleasure boats filled with Chinese tourists, moored off an island near Koh Lanta in Thailand on 23rd December 2019. Everyone was unaware of what was to come. 

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Pleasure boats filled with Chinese tourists, moored off an island near Koh Lanta in Thailand on 23rd December 2019. Everyone was unaware of what was to come. 

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Quiet before dawn, at the port in Old Town, Koh Lanta. 

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Quiet before dawn, at the port in Old Town, Koh Lanta. 

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A Thai-Chinese woman stocks up on multiple packs of PPE supplies in Chiang Mai, Thailand, several weeks before the pandemic began to spread. She responded to my bemused look with this translated message.

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A Thai-Chinese woman stocks up on multiple packs of PPE supplies in Chiang Mai, Thailand, several weeks before the pandemic began to spread. She responded to my bemused look with this translated message.

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Tree, Goan countryside, India 


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Tree, Goan countryside, India 


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Self-portrait in India. At this stage I was still unaware that I would need to get back to the UK very quickly less than two weeks after this photo was shot.  

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Self-portrait in India. At this stage I was still unaware that I would need to get back to the UK very quickly less than two weeks after this photo was shot.  

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First lockdown of 2020. At home in Bristol 

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First lockdown of 2020. At home in Bristol 

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Fog in lockdown 

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Fog in lockdown 

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Fog in lockdown on Bristol Suspension Bridge. Public health signs warn people to keep moving due to Covid-19.

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Fog in lockdown on Bristol Suspension Bridge. Public health signs warn people to keep moving due to Covid-19.

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Coronavirus wishing tree. Created by local artist Lou Baker to inspire people to write messages of hope to one another. 

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Coronavirus wishing tree. Created by local artist Lou Baker to inspire people to write messages of hope to one another. 

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Play equipment with signs prohibiting play due to the pandemic.

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Play equipment with signs prohibiting play due to the pandemic.

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Romany Gypsy caravan. Thousands of Gypsies and Travellers were unable to attend the annual Appleby Gypsy Fair in 2020 as it was cancelled for the first time in its history due to Covid-19. 

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Romany Gypsy caravan. Thousands of Gypsies and Travellers were unable to attend the annual Appleby Gypsy Fair in 2020 as it was cancelled for the first time in its history due to Covid-19. 

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Ferry to France, shot in July 2020. The ferry was only one third full due to Covid-19 restrictions. 


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Ferry to France, shot in July 2020. The ferry was only one third full due to Covid-19 restrictions. 


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The Camargue, August 2020.

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The Camargue, August 2020.

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Isolated landscapes with no one around for miles.

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Isolated landscapes with no one around for miles.

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Fisherman on deserted beaches, August 2020. 

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Fisherman on deserted beaches, August 2020. 

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La Plage Naturiste, August 2020. 

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La Plage Naturiste, August 2020. 

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More Camargue scenes - late autumn 2020.

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More Camargue scenes - late autumn 2020.

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Ferry home to Brexit Britain, December 2020.  

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Ferry home to Brexit Britain, December 2020.  

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