Student Exhibition Space
July 27, 2020 Levels 1 & 2
I bring my focus to the intricate details of the natural world as it unfolds around me BECAUSE it affirms that the world, in fact, has not come to a full stop. Life continues.
Hanne Lene Dalgleish
I’ve been fascinated with the world of ‘small’ since reading fairy books as a child – miniature worlds hidden from humans. With Covid-19, many of us have had our footprint reduced to a tightly constrained area. How do we find solace, rejuvenation, or hope in this concentrated space? Let us peer down, glance up, contemplate nature, find a smile, and most importantly, look to moments to see the small and find a moment of freedom.
Most photos were taken within a 30 metre area of my backyard, and some in my mother’s backyard. Models: Inger Dalgleish and Leanne Zacharias.
I strive to bring out complexity out of simplicity in my photographs. I’ve learned to look for the beauty in the simple things in life.
The photographs I have taken mainly represent my personal happy times during this Covid-19 pandemic. My son's first Covid haircut, my daughter reading at her grandma's house (our first time being in her home in 3 months), the beautiful brunch prepared by my mother-in-law...my-mother-in law showing my children photo albums of their family in Germany. My nephews and sister-in-law at our local park. The photograph that shows a graffitied development sign was one of dozens of development signs around my neighbourhood. I am reminded of how my comfortable life in this neighbourhood has displaced others who were here first. Thank you to Sivan Dinur for modeling for me and to my own family for putting up with my photographing them.
This unprecedented time of Covid has made us all pay attention and mourn what was and what isn’t any more. My grieving forces me to pay homage to what has died, what has been abandoned, what has been lost and broken.
I set out to capture characters in a neighbourhood.
My goal is to flesh out the best story possible, be it a portrait, street photography, or a landscape.
I consider the light source and subject matter and try to technically compose the best way to get my point across, keeping the subjects integrity intact which is of great importance to me.
My photos are the resulting product of my shambolic participation in two successive classes, and some that pre-date them, but are thematically relevant. I intend to work towards producing a photo & written word essay with the central theme of ISO Lation - what COVID-19 has created ubiquitously, yet with such a vast spectrum of manifestation.