71 Self-Portraits in Isolation

During the first wave lockdown, I spent a total of 71 consecutive days in quarantine with my young family at home in Melbourne. For a brief moment the children went back to school and restrictions lifted but currently we are back in isolation. During this intense time, I have been shooting an image every day using only what I have on hand: myself, my family, the house, the garden, the nearby creek. While sheltering in place, the self expanded to include much more than just my own body.

 

More than ever before, I am driven right now to use the camera to wrestle with and articulate my inner world. Each image is an attempt to condense a feeling state – a desire, a dream, a fear – into a kind of visual artefact. To mark it, express it, maybe even let it go.

 

Isolating with young children has brought renewed presence, beauty and purpose to my days, but there is also a darker underworld of more difficult experiences that need a space to be recognised: the desire to escape, anxiety about safety, grief for the world, desperation, frustration, and overwhelm. Many of these images are attempts to hold both the light and the dark simultaneously. Curiously, when I make an image about an “ugly” moment, often the grace that also lives inside it comes suddenly to light. Or a sense of the absurd or the surreal provides me a moment to breathe, to break through the quotidian, the daily grind, however briefly. 

 

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