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LOVE IN LOCKDOWN

Photography by Faith Smith

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The pandemic has undoubtedly changed the course of relationships and romance for the whole population. In this photo series and interview set Faith Smith captures the nuances of being locked up with your partner in student accommodation.

Jennifer and Louise

How long have you been a couple before moving in together?

Jennifer: 15 months. We stayed apart during the first lockdown which was hard as it was the longest we'd been apart and ended up moving in together as soon as we could.

 

What has your experience having to isolate together during the lockdown been like?

Louise: We've pulled each other through and there have been ups and downs but we've come out of it a lot stronger and know if we can survive in a studio flat without contact with anyone else then nothing should get in our way in the future. Jen: I was having online lectures from abroad until 3am some nights and Louise was getting up for work at 5am some of those days so that wasn't pleasant trying not to wake each other up being in the same room but thankfully that finished early on.

 

Has the experience strengthened your relationship?

Jennifer: It definitely has. Before covid we'd see each other two or three times a week. I've loved having someone to share almost every moment with.  Louise: we've had to support each other more than ever not even just about covid but about work stresses and university that we perhaps before would have kept a bit more to ourselves.

 

What’s the first thing you’ll both do once the pandemic is over?

Both: Travel! 

Jennifer: we've never managed to get on holiday together and were meant to be spending at least 6 months in Australia together this year but it just hasn't happened. The furthest we've been together is Wales so definitely a decent amount of time travelling and adventuring together is what we look forward to!

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Kayla and Kilian

How long have you been a couple before moving in together?

Kayla: We’ve pretty much been together since the end if sixth form, so around four years!

 

What has your experience having to isolate together during the lockdown been like?

Kayla: It’s not been too bad, after spending a year apart on our years abroad and then not seeing each other throughout the first lockdown meant that we were excited to spend some more time together”

Killian: I like always having you [Kayla] around a lot so i’m glad to be locked down with her, it’s very comforting

 

Has the experience strengthened your relationship?

Killian: I’d say it’s strengthened a little I guess, but in a naturally occurring kind of way

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Summer and Luc

 

How long have you been a couple before moving in together?

Luc: Since late January, but thanks to lockdown feels a lot longer!

 

What has your experience having to isolate together during the lockdown been like?

Luc: It’s been a mixed bag!

Summer: Yeah! When lockdown began in March, we’d only been officially together for about two months. Unfortunately at this point we were living in our family homes down South, unable to see each other for months (what felt like years!), until September when we moved to Leeds for uni and decided to move in together.

Luc: Yeah, lockdown certainly threw a curveball at us, I definitely wasn’t expecting to spend the early stages of our relationship talking to a handheld, digital version of my girlfriend - and at times it did feel crazy. It was hard, because whilst I still got to speak to her, I began to dissociate the human being from the version on my phone - almost as if I had the ‘Summer App’. This was relieved when we did finally get to see each other in a socially distanced setting.

 

Has the experience strengthened your relationship?

Luc: I wouldn’t say it’s strengthened our relationship as much as it revealed the strength already in our relationship. I recall countless times saying ‘If we can do this we can do anything. If we can go these next few months without seeing each other, when we finally do see each other it’ll feel like we can take on the world.’

Summer: And it did feel like that! Everything felt so perfect when we started living together and it became clear how well our energies matched - we encouraged, supported and uplifted each other to be the best possible versions of ourselves. 

Luc: Upon our return to Leeds, it felt like a massive weight was off my shoulders and swiftly discovered the only hurdle left was bearing the cabin fever - but at least I had Summer.

 

What’s the first thing you’ll both do once the pandemic is over?

Summer: I just can't wait to get back to seeing all the live music I possibly can, and being able to throw myself about in moshes whilst I do so. Luc studies at LCOM [Leeds College of Music] , and we met at a festival, so music is something that is very important to the both of us!

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