Capturing and sharing portraits of people during the coronavirus pandemic lockdowns

An unemployed filmmaker picks up his still camera to capture "portraits" of locals living under the reality of Melbourne's coronavirus lockdowns

Capturing and sharing portraits of people during the coronavirus pandemic lockdowns

Posted by: Charles Pakana
Posted: 6 October 2020
      CMR - 045 - Chris Gee

 

Click on the play button above to hear the full interview with Chris

Click here to read/download the full interview transcript

 

Overview

During the frustration of Melbourne’s COVID-19 lockdowns, people have lost their jobs, and of course, a great deal of freedom, which we all take for granted. While there are many who sit and wait for a return to normal times, there are those who put their skills, their passions, and experience to good use, often for the good of community.

One such man, Chris Gee, an independent filmmaker living in the Melbourne suburb of Northcote, lost his job due to restrictions back in March. Since then, he’s been creating photo portraits that document the lives of local residents throughout the lockdown.

“I lost my work in the first lockdown, end of March, and I’d always wanted to do a bit more photo portraiture,” he told Connection Matters Radio.

That “bit more of photo portraiture” now sees Chris travelling throughout his local community – always within the five kilometre radius of his home – taking photos of people in the local community and documenting their COVID-19 experiences.

“[The focus is on] what’s changed for them, what’s been good, what’s been challenging, and what’s been unique about their COVID experience.”

Discover more about this project by either listening to the interview (above and below) or reading the full transcript.

 

For more information

For more information on the Pandemic Portraits project:

Click here for the Pandemic Portraits Facebook Page

Click here for the Pandemic Portraits Instagram Page

 

Click here to read/download the full interview transcript

Click on the play button below to hear the full interview with Chris

 

      CMR - 045 - Chris Gee

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