These photographs were ironically taken just before lockdown. They were originally conceived as part of a socially engaged work about the censure of human touch. It was conceived from research regarding the paediatric movement which instructed mothers not to hug and comfort babies with touch. I was particularly interested in how men manage to experience non-sexual, physical connections with one another in western culture. I had planned a cooperative artwork involving rugby in Ireland but Covid 19 derailed its development. Sadly, the issue of touch seems now all the more pressing as even shaking hands fades into a gesture of our past.