Belonging during Isolation

In an exploration of lockdown and isolation, our photographers create a photo-zine of objects and belongings from inside the home.

Overconsumption, celebrating ‘overdoing it’, social media, and expecting everything immediately – modern living is getting faster. This project focuses on slowing down, on reflecting upon what we have experienced and learned about ourselves and those close to us during this period of mass isolation and social distancing. By documenting our resilience and struggle, let’s embrace the importance of pausing and still telling stories from the inside.


We’re thrilled to be able to partner with The Aviary gallery for this project, a multi-faceted platform for artists and photographers who create unique bodies of work with powerful narratives. Through this project, our students learn how to plan and photograph images that contain that same analysis and reflection of the world. In looking inwards this way, our students share their voices through photography and tell their own powerful narratives.


Supported by: The Aviary
Mentored by: Jennine Wilson (Photography)
Project Contributors: Trevor Read – Founder, The Aviary & Alan Thoburn – Fine Art Documentary Photographer


Project Outline:
How do you tell a story using an image of an object? What is documentary photography? What is a photography zine? How do you set up your own photoshoot, and select a good image?


Designed for those interested in documentary and editorial photography, this project introduces students to image sequencing, art direction, and building a narrative. Empowered by their introduction to these skills, students will create artistic images for a collective photography zine which will tell their stories about lockdown and isolation.


The Brief: Through photographic portraits of possessions, our students will reveal what their experience of lockdown was like. These portraits can be light-hearted, serious, dramatic, or even bizarre, and will be accompanied by a short autobiographical account offering a glimpse into their lives during this time. The project will be a visual memoir that captures people’s isolation experiences through their belongings.


After compiling their final image and written extract, student’s work will be produced into a professional photography zine, like those stocked at The Aviary gallery.

Project Results: Please view the final results of Holly Bravery & Laura McDonald from Monkseaton High School, Ffion Bird, Hollie Brown & Lilia Tate from Berwick Academy and Ruth Brown & Sam Anderson from The Duchess’s Community High School

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Thank you & well done!

All we have left to say is thank you and well done, not only to the students but to the teachers at Monkseaton High School, Berwick Academy & The Duchess’s Community High School, to the parents who helped along the way, North Tyneside Learning Trust, the companies that have supported and contributed to these briefs and the TICE team that plugged away at the project week after week.


To the students – we hope you have enjoyed this project, we hope in years to come that you can proudly present an industry written project you did, achieved, quite frankly smashed. Well done and congratulations from everyone here at TICE.

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