Recently I was commissioned by the Newbridge Project to explore the effects of the pandemic and the lockdown.
It raised questions of economic depravity, depression, mental health, capacity for adaptation, and resistance to hardship. Responses were collected via conversations between friends, family and wider communities. These collated findings in a visual study of multiple conversations spanning 4 languages, 40 participants, survey monkey questionnaires with anonymous responses across Newcastle upon Tyne.
Whilst my first response was from the perspective of a documentary photographer (see past projects) I quickly came to realise the responses I wanted weren’t from simply observation on the streets, it was more emotive and through conversations with people. Varied groups of people created a diverse collective of data that I read through, and created illustrations from. I recorded these all in one moleskin sketchbook.
I wanted to explore the differences in each response, but what I found was they were more similar than anticipated. Family was the most important factor to all of the respondents, and though their lives had been impacted negatively by the corona virus one way or another – the outlook was very resilient.
What was interesting about the study was being able to see what my fellow other 8 investigators were doing. This difference in approach, creating and making has really made this approach unique by the Newbridge Project. More to follow on these soon 🙂
Here is the YouTube video showing the illustrations: https://youtu.be/Oi6P3m2tYMs