“From an unexpected global event came a beautiful opportunity to capture people in the most simple, natural way and for that I will always be grateful.”
As a local photographer, I had worked as a professional, capturing treasured moments for families, at events and weddings for 10 years, before my bookings dried up due to the coronavirus pandemic. It was during this time that I took notice of a community-based project that started in the USA, and decided to use my artistic talents to help connect our local community in times of social distancing and self-isolation.
The community portrait project went beyond a mere image snap, capturing the "real, raw and genuine" moments of families in isolation, with locals really getting into the spirit of the mini front porch or driveways sessions, with some even sporting props for their shoots.
These stories and more brought the community together in a time where the words social distancing graced everyone’s lips. The project enabled us to see beauty in and pay homage to the temporarily disconnected community faces.
The project started out as a month-long project, but continued for three months and captured over 70 families by the time it was wrapped.
"I'm absolutely rapt with how the Coffs community embraced the project and how significant the images were to them."
"I'm always so honoured to be there for people's greatest moments of their lives, their weddings and birth of their babies and now I just feel so honoured to have been able to capture this moment for them too."
Participants of The Front Porch Project noted that the project provided a sense of community while everyone was forced to stay at home, with folks waiting each night to see who would be featured next in the photo series on my social media pages.
To all those families who took park in my COVID community portrait project, a heartfelt thank you!
I am proud to have partnered with Coffs Central to give flight to an exhibition that showcases a snippet of the images captured during April, May and June 2020.