Click the names below to view the Photography Projects from the Spring 2020 Students:
I felt that in these circumstances I couldn’t ask too much, but got so much more than I’d hoped for and am realising how valid these stories are and how they are vital and fascinating testaments to extraordinary times.
-Jacqueline Tune, Photography instructor
Group chain of response images over lockdown period of 8 weeks using phone camera and messaging:
A note from teacher Jacqueline Tune: “It’s been a big ask for all the students, after only a few weeks studying at the school, for them to stay focused on their work in ‘lockdown’, and at the same time to allow this situation of bizarre change during this Virus Pandemic to challenge and direct them on their creative paths. Photography, as a medium, so often demands exploring, observing, discovering the unknown and new. Suddenly we found ourselves trapped and frustrated, in states of waiting and yearning for outside freedom, connection and life. We were now observing the same things it seemed day in, day ‘in’. Going to the bins with rubbish, for some, became the only possible short-lived escape. We discussed the way the lockdown and being limited in our spaces and with only what we have around us to work with would inevitably find its way into our artwork. Whether it was the repetitive daily journey from one side of the room to the other, the changing light on the bed ( but the same changing light ), the awakening to mealtime craziness, any sudden momentary craziness, an acute awareness of ourselves and at the same time the lack of ‘real self’ as we knew it, or the tiny adventures and mysteries we found unfolding within the walls of our ‘homes’ come ‘cells’. With these first projects dealing with the immediate lockdown, the sessions we had online then turned to how we might escape visually, how we might find the outside from within, getting perhaps some sort of relief through our work and visual results. Working with limited camera and lighting equipment, books, and no dark room experimenting has been challenging. Yet each student found ways to project themselves beyond the four walls or curtains and windows and possible doorways, into their other worlds, which can sometimes open up in dreams, or daydreams of escape; none of us ever having experienced this type of entrapment or isolation before. The findings of light in the night by daring to walk out into the streets of ’non’ zones, of abstracted pieces of reflections of our inside environment evolving into fantasy outside scapes, of extraordinary ‘heavenly’ settings of seduction and enticement where the light leads us on and out.”
Self-Portraits (with “Easter Bonnets!”):
Fernando Torralba double-exposure images: