#LastNormalPhoto: Thousands of people share the latest images before locking

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Ian Rankin


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Crime writer Ian Rankin shared his own #LastNormalPhoto


It all started with a small request we made earlier this month.

We asked you
to send us the last “normal” photo you had on your phone
before the coronavirus changes your life. Hundreds of you have responded. We were overwhelmed.

The Saturday,
we brought you 13 of these stories
– major sporting events, family reunions and weddings. We then invited more of you to share your photos online using the hashtag #lastnormalphoto.

Thanks in large part to
a tweet from journalist Robyn Vinter
, it quickly became one of the three most used Twitter hashtags in the world.

Among the tens of thousands of photos shared online, there are common themes. The food, the friendships, the completely random events that make up our life. Photos of many people showed the last time they were with relatives, after the lockouts forced the families to separate.

The last “normal” photo of Sue Clark was at her daughter’s baby shower on March 7. Her grandson Theo was born in late April.

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The lockout meant that Sue was unable to see or support her daughter during the last weeks of her pregnancy, or to be close during what was a difficult birth.

“Fortunately, everything went well, but it is a situation where, as a mother, your instincts must be there – but unfortunately, I felt that I had to follow the rules,” she told the BBC.

Sue and her daughter are now hosting a remote park meeting next week.

Social distancing rules mean that group events can now look like a distant memory, but many of you shared pictures of nearby crowds just a few months ago.

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A lot (and we mean a
lot
) photos also showed people eating in restaurants and bars, or going to clubs or theaters – places that many of us had been inaccessible for at least two months, and that could remain so for a while .

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Some have found a picture of their workplace or university, looking back to a time before telecommuting to reduce the spread of the virus.

The last “normal” picture of Olivia Simpson was taken on the way to college on March 13.

She normally met friends in the library so they could work together, but like thousands of students across the UK, she now continues her studies at home alone.

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Others anticipated major events before the new rules came into effect. Several people shared photos of the dresses they bought for a prom that could not go down.

One of them was 18-year-old Emma Canzanese. She chose her ball gown on March 5 – it gave her self-confidence. But the ball was later canceled due to New Jersey coronavirus regulations.

“I’m glad I bought it for any future occasion,” she said, “but it would have been amazing to show up and show up. “

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Some joked about the abnormality of their last “normal” photo.

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Dr. Dani Rabaiotti, scientist at the Zoological Society of London, posed with a meerkat at the London Zoo for his last photo.

The zoo has been closed to visitors since late March due to the coronavirus shutdown, and staff say it faces an uncertain future.

A friendly meerkat is not, however, as abnormal as a meal of fried chicken and donuts.

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If you could go back to the start of the year and give you some advice before the lockdown, knowing what was going to happen, what would it be?


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