How do you photograph a pandemic? At the start of the lockdown, thousands of photographers around the world, including myself, thought, “Hey! I know what I’ll do, I’ll photograph people from a distance…Lockdown Portraits!”. I did a couple, but realised the idea had become commonplace within a few days, so I looked for other ideas. Suddenly, FaceTime shoots, remote portrait sessions and images of sullen couples, captured through steamed-up windows, were everywhere. I’ve never seen so many photographic genres become cliche in such a short time.
So, how do you photograph a pandemic? From the start, I’ve been posting images on Twitter under the title, ‘General Observations’, but Culture Vannin, who commissioned me to shoot the project, are a lot more accurate with their working title, ‘Capturing the Absences’. – The truth is, you can’t photograph a pandemic, you can only record the effects of it. And that’s what I’ve been doing, in my own way.