I started investigating ways in which I could metaphorically “reveal” this unseen virus in my pictures, to expose its lurking presence in the skin and air and manifest it in my images — identifying this time and place in our history.
The work became a visual exploration into the psychological landscape of the coronavirus — a silent and invisible invader of our daily lives — and how we as a society are struggling to adapt to its presence, as the waves of transmission continue to sweep across the globe.
The results varied for each Polaroid; some images morphed into dreamlike paintings while others turned into lucid swirls of color. Many appeared almost apocalyptic and dystopian, mirroring the intensity and volatility of the world under the pressure of the coronavirus outbreak.
The moments I chose to capture were moments of the everyday, the passing of time in isolation or lockdown in London. I was acutely aware, as most of us have been, that behind this pause and eerie calm visualized in the empty cityscapes and the absence of people, is the endless reel of thoughts that include fear of the virus, anxiety for our loved ones, anger for the loss of time and reflections on the here and now.
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