Have you developed a new hobby during quarantine? I bought a paint-by-numbers project and then gave up when I realized it requires patience I don’t possess. Everyone is baking bread, some are making realistic cakes that look like shoes and then sawing them in half, and others are have picked up an old instrument and started practicing again (here’s looking at you, guy down the street—you keep up that fine fluting).
But in North London’s Sydmar Lodge Care Home, senior citizens and caretakers are dabbling in photography. The care facility, which was been under quarantine for four months, have been spending their time recreating classic album covers—and the results have gone viral.
In a tweet, which now has over 130k likes and 41k retweets, Sydmar Lodge’s activities coordinator Robert Speker posted a selection of side-by-side shots showing famous album covers next to the recreated versions. Some of the albums are Adele’s “21”, Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA,” The Clash’s “London Calling,” and David Bowie’s “Aladdin Sane.” The pictures have been tweaked to be more personalized to their subject. For example, the Adele album cover transformed into “Vera, 93.”
“I made the suggestions of which albums and which resident best suited the look, or had a vague similarity to the artist. Then I proposed the idea to each resident. Gladly all of them were enthused and perhaps a bit bemused by the idea, but happy to participate,” Speker wrote on Twitter.
After the tweet went viral, Speker received an outpouring of support, with folks commenting that the project captured how young at heart senior citizens can be. Some people even suggested that he make a calendar. Others put in requests for future album covers to be made.
So he could continue funding senior activities like the album art project, Speker created a GoFundMe called “The Show Must Go On.”
“Elderly people will remain in lockdown for a long time, and I want to make their time as happy and full of enjoyment and interest as possible,” he wrote. “As this situation is ongoing it could be months before the situation changes for them, and the need to keep them happily entertained and full of spirit has never been more crucial.”