During the third year of photography studies, students are asked to create a body of work following the theme of “seeing others, seeing ourselves.” Observing and photographing their own environments has been essential to the development of their photographic practices, and it is through photographing others, that photographers learn about themselves. An image is not only a representation of a subject, it is also a reflection of the photographer.
While the theme of the third year show “seeing others, seeing ourselves” makes us reconsider the relationships we have with our subjects, this year’s selection of works reflect the effects of the global pandemic on personal relationships.
From the discomfort of my space, I dream of holding you again. Yet your images are all I have, addresses the issues around relationships, the lack of connection and the global sense of isolation brought on as a consequence of COVID-19. Now more than ever, human connections have been stretched to their breaking point. Months of isolation and separation have forced us to rely on fractured forms of communication and connection, mostly through digital screens or through “social distancing,” standing six feet apart. Extended time alone has forced us to self reflect, leaving no option but to revisit the past and evaluate the present—as the future holds so much uncertainty. Themes of loneliness, disconnection and self-reflection emerge as this group of artists adjusts to these new norms, continuing to create work despite hugely challenging circumstances.