During lockdown, everything became so boring and repetitive and every day felt the same. I started checking the weather more frequently and planned days to get up early and catch the sunrise, as this was one thing that I knew would be different each day 🙂
The series ‘What is love?’ is an exploration of the digital love layer. Shot during the quarantine, where online connections might even feel more real than physical ones, I asked myself the question … Who decides what real love is? The images are a reflection of our daily life and interactions in the digital dimension, celebrating the positive aspects of these moments.
I conducted a small, photojournalistic research project over the summer. It started when I began noticing how many toys were being left behind in all kinds of places. Some were forgotten, others were dumped, but all the toys meant the same thing to me: lost childhood.
COVID-19 impacted everyone without a doubt, but the group I find at most risk are the children. They’re too young to be dealing with so much anxiety, strife and especially confusion. We complained about school when we were kids, dreading going in. Today, school will no longer be taken for granted. COVID-19 has shown us more than ever the importance of education and a space where children can grow, learn and just be kids. This virus has taken away so much more than just school and friends. It affects their physical as well as mental health. Some may experience lifelong trauma from being isolated, from infecting their grandparents or living 24/7 in toxic/abusive households. Some children didn’t have enough food during the pandemic others had too much. As adults we may have better capacities of understanding and dealing with our new normal, I can’t possibly imagine what a child is going through…
I truly hope that children of all ages can move past this pandemic and resume their classes as quickly as possible. I pray their learning and development weren’t stunted, that every child can flourish in the new age that is coming and put all this sadness behind.
This project focuses on the gap in connection brought about by lack of touch and physical presence during the on-going UK lockdown.
For many, this period has been a time of considerable self-reflection. I used a camera which has been converted to shoot in infrared light. Infrared has the ability to physically penetrate the skin further than visible light. By using this medium I was able to look ‘inside’ the subjects and conceptually investigate the human experience and notions of physical disconnect.