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    A Care Home Re-Created Album Covers Throughout The Coronavirus Pandemic, And The Pictures Are Iconic

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    The past few months have been rough on everyone — but especially people in nursing homes, which often have strict policies that keep residents away from loved ones.

    However, in a now-viral tweet, Robert Speker had a great idea for residents at the UK's Sydmar Lodge care home, who had been in lockdown for many months: re-creating iconic album covers.

    Sydmar Lodge Care Home residents and carers have been recreating classic album covers. The home has now been in lockdown for 4 months.

    To create the covers, Robert — an activities coordinator at Sydmar Lodge, which is in the town of Edgware, outside London — applied makeup, drew on tattoos, and did all the photography and editing.

    @LibertyHussein 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.

    Robert told BuzzFeed, "My responsibility is always to entertain them, but in lockdown I had to turn things on their head and come up with new ideas [on] how to achieve this."

    @ColbyKGallagher That would be nice! Seriously though, entertaining the residents is what I’m employed to do, but it’s been really gratifying being able to entertain and lift the spirits of so many people with this project.

    So, without further ado, here are some of the brilliant photos that came from the project:

    1. First, there's Vera, looking fantastic as Adele:

    An elderly woman recreating Adele's 21 album cover

    2. Next, R.C. gives Taylor Swift a run for her money:

    An elderly woman recreating Taylor Swift's 1989 album cover

    3. And Martin, who gives a hint of English love to the iconic Bruce Springsteen cover:

    An elderly man recreating Bruce Springsteen's Born In the USA album cover

    4. Of course, there's "Casher," rocking the classic black and white:

    An elderly man recreating Johnny's Cash's Cash album cover

    5. And this Blink-182 re-creation that pays attention to all the small things:

    An elderly woman recreating Blink-182's Enema of State album cover

    6. Then there's Lilyonna, posing as Madonna:

    An elderly woman recreating Madonna's Love Blind album cover

    7. And Roma, serving an iconic David Bowie look:

    An elderly woman recreating David Bowie's Aladdin Sane album cover

    8. Then there's Sheila — a huge Rag’n’Bone Man fan — re-creating the signed album he gave her:

    An elderly woman recreating Rag'n'Bone Man's Human album cover

    9. And lest you think that was all the modeling chops Sheila had to offer, she nailed this Elvis Presley cover:

    An elderly woman recreating Elvis' self titled album cover

    10. And a Clash cover, for good measure:

    An elderly woman recreating The Clash's London Calling album cover

    11. Finally, it wasn't just the residents who got involved — the carers also had a go, and here are the stunning results:

    A group of carers recreating Queen's Queen II album cover

    Robert told BuzzFeed, "We have all been overwhelmed by the reaction to the project, and the residents have been in fits of laughter when they see 'their' album covers on TV."

    An elderly woman with tattoos recreating Rag'n'Bone Man's tattoos