Quarantine Portraits

10 May, 2020

During the Covid-19 lockdown in Melbourne, Daybreak filmmaker and photographer Rhys Graham embarked on taking a series of portraits of those in isolation or quarantine, facing solitude and social distance. Through windows, doors, over fences, always at a safe distance, this series of photographic portraits captures individuals as they pass through the periods of solitude forced on us all during the Covid pandemic.

As the project grew, Rhys began collaborating with old friend, Sydney photographer to make companion works in an around Sydney. Many other photographers engaged in similar projects and while there was nothing unique about this idea, it felt important at this time to photograph workers left without work; artists separated from their labour; frontline health workers resting between shifts; lovers left stranded; families and individuals living through uncertainty, insecurity, and unemployment.

These images oscillate between moments of liberation and moments of entrapment, between new perspectives and understandings of our communities and our world as seen from a distance.

Our collaborator Flynn Wheeler created a lovely web page for the project here.

And it was also featured in the Guardian here.