Local photographer raises funds for foodbank with book of lockdown portraits

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The book is available with a front cover image of the Cobb or a personalised from cover for those who feature inside
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Lyme regis photographer Rob Coombe is releasing his book in aid of the foodbank

A LYME Regis photographer has published a book of portraits taking during lockdown to raise money for the local foodbank. 

Rob Coombe is hoping to raise money for the local food bank through the publication of a book of his lockdown portraits.

Taken under socially distanced conditions, the photographs capture the townsfolk as they coped with changes and challenges of everyday life during the first lockdown.

Rob said: “After having sat around the house for a couple of weeks and spent so much time with my young son, it dawned on me that we were living in a part of history.

“I had visions of a project of lots of shots of people essentially trapped in their homes, but it evolved as time went on and turned into something that showed how the people of Lyme Regis rallied to help each other.

The portraits show everything from people in their homes to dance classes over Zoom, and delivering free dinners to NHS workers.

The book, ‘Lockdown in Lyme: A series of portraits by Rob Coombe’, shows some of the moments that summed up lockdown, such as the ‘Clap for Carers’ on a Thursday evening, as well as many of the local chefs cooking meals for the Lyme Regis Foobank, not to mention sewing scrubs for medics when PPE was in short supply.

Rob has been supported by local printer Adrian Wood and his Dorchester-based company Advantage Digital Print, who have provided all the typesetting and initial publicity copies free of charge.

All profits from sales of the book will go to support Lyme Regis Foodbank, which is now said to be in more need than ever.

For those people featured in the book, personalised versions with their portrait on the cover are available.

Priced at £10, or £12.50 for a personalised copy, the book is available to order by emailing Rob at info@robcoombe.co.uk. Orders will be taken up until Monday, October 26 when the print run will begin.

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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