A Newquay-based photographer has been taking a snapshot of people and businesses adapting to life under lockdown.

All images were shot in the last week, travelling by push bike and all from safe, social distances using a long-lens.

Photographer Adj Brown explained: “Cornwall and Newquay in particular has a higher than average self employed population so lots of local businesses are used to thinking outside the box when it comes to work.

“Newquay is a particularly creative community so there are lots of initiatives going on here which are helping people to live some normality at home with businesses quickly developing systems to continue to offer their services.

“I have been documenting some of the local businesses who are trying something a little different.”

Holly Madge

Professional session drummer and percussionist, Holly has toured the world and recorded soundtracks with Hans Zimmer and more recently recorded the album No Mans Land with Frank Turner. As soon as the lockdown was announced Holly purchased a set of microphones and set up a studio allowing her to record her drum parts remotely. She is currently recording percussion for a game soundtrack and an American recording artist.

Jess Davis – The Jam Jar

Jess owns and runs the successful Jam Jar Cafe in the centre of Newquay – a locals’ favourite for great coffee and freshly baked cakes. An institution, pre-lockdown the Jam Jar was the daily meeting point for a social and caffeine fix for many Newquay residents. Jess is continuing to keep the community in cake as responded to the lockdown by baking and delivering cakes and sausage rolls as a Saturday morning treat. With up to 50 deliveries over a weekend this service has proved to be very popular with her loyal customers.

Debbie Warner – Wild Wine School

From the sommelier who started the popular Wild Wine Club and now launching Wild Wine School, Debbie has set out to inspire and educate through wine workshops, courses and events, calling on nature to add a technicolour edge to the experience.

In response to so many of her friends in the hospitality industry (and beyond) finding themselves at home with lots of time and very little, if any income, Debbie started offering free online guided study, with training and tasting sessions each week. Each Monday she sends an email with things to read, watch and do around a different wine topic, with an invitation to join her every Friday for a Zoom training session and tasting.

Liam Broderick – Get Fit Newquay

Pre-lockdown Liam was teaching Clubbercise, Zumba and Zumba Strong, Gold and Step, three nights a week, to a packed hall of enthusiastic exercisers at a local secondary school. Liam’s loyal following even joined him with one last class in the open air at Newquay Harbour the week before lockdown with his followers missing his enthusiasm and sassy dance moves. Liam’s classes were an important social meet up as well as an exercise class for many of his attendees. To keep in touch, Liam has been hosting live classes from his front room four nights a week for anyone to join in online or to watch back at a later date. He has also hosted online coffee and chat sessions for his gang.

Amy Swanson – Swan Dive Pilates

Amy’s popular pilates classes from her studio have been taken online, with group classes being held three days a week ranging from classic pilates, high intensity power pilates, strong pilates with a surf slant and barre classes. With her customers getting to experience the familiar surroundings of the Swan Dive Studio, Amy is also offering private tuition, continuing her one-on-one classes online.

Louise McCutcheon – Mmm yoga

Yoga teacher, Louise jumped at the chance to continue her lessons from her kitchen at home via Zoom. Juggling the space to fit in her yoga moves and harmonium playing in between cooking and dodging her twins, teenage daughter, husband, dog and cat, Louise has made it work. From one on ones to full classes, Zoom has proved invaluable in allowing Louise to maintain an online presence for her clients and for her to stay in contact and connected with her yoga family.

 

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