In 2021, the world slowly began recovering from Covid-19 and a year of self-isolation. With travel restrictions briefly lifted during the winter months of that year, Alfonso Neal flew to the United Kingdom to document daily life, work, and politics in a post-Brexit world. What had started as a month-long assignment became a 6-month-long adventure as Alfonso was locked down, furloughed, over 3,000 miles away from home.
“The UK Farm Belt: Looking out from lockdown” is a collection of observational stories and photographs of life in East Sussex and surrounding areas during and after lockdown restrictions began to lift.
Alfonso Neal is an award-winning writer, visual artist, and occasional stage actor, currently serving as Executive Co-Director of the Pioneer Valley Workers Center. His passion is balancing the nuance of words with visual imagery to create compelling and compassionate stories about life’s struggles and victories. His work has been described as “making readers feel like they’re part of the action,” and as giving a “unique voice and perspective about the issues impacting working people.”