Blogs // 7 Blogs by Marcus Peel

 
You Have Beautiful Veins
I am one of the lucky ones. In March, I contracted coronavirus but my symptoms were no more severe than flu. The seven-day self-isolation was a surreal experience – to be imprisoned within my own home - but it was also quite familiar because of the solitary nature of my work. It was also an opportunity for reflection and contemplation.

Following a full recovery and an antibody test, I decided to donate my blood plasma. I’ve always had an irrational fear of needles so I was feeling quite anxious on the day. As I sat back, the nurse set me up and analysed my veins for the best one. “You have beautiful veins”, she said. That’s a first, I thought! Her warmth and compassion helped alleviate my anxiety.

During lockdown, life slowed right down. I started to notice more within my immediate surroundings. On my many walks during the time, I also noticed a grove of Sweet Chestnut trees and the pronounced patterning on their trunks – its latticework geometry.

My intention was to anthropomorphise the trees, focusing on their web of veins, and recreate the feelings that I experienced during self-isolation and the plasma donation; feelings of solitude, vulnerability and the unknown. © // 6 files show complete blog
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We Are Together
It feels so good to be photographing again since lockdown! I had the privilege of shooting a new digital artwork by the artist, STIK. It was displayed on Piccadilly Lights, the largest advertising display in Europe, and rotated around the famous curved screen. The installation portrayed young people living in the heart of London, holding hands as a beacon of hope and connectedness with the rest of the world. It was created for Young Westminster Foundation’s new campaign, We Are Together, to raise funds for youth services and support young people who are affected during the coronavirus pandemic. Donations can be made at www.ywfoundation.com/donatenow © // 5 files show complete blog
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The Abstraction of a Staircase
An abstract study of a staircase at the fine art gallery, Colnaghi, based in London. © // 5 files show complete blog
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