Very excited to announce a project that has taken up the first few months of this year during Lockdown. I was recently commissioned to photograph portraits remotely for Trinity College, Oxford, currently exhibited for the students within the reading room at the college library. This project draws attention to scholars & writers of colour from the UK and beyond. Each sitter was nominated by the fellows of Trinity, focussing on who they particularly admire. This project was certainly different to anything I’ve done before. Firstly it was during what has been a difficult time for all of us. To photograph someone, often miles away, in various places around the world without even holding a camera, felt like such a challenge. It isn’t necessarily an original idea to take photos remotely, but I had to decide on the best methods while retaining consistency. I decided to keep the process straightforward and use video call software, like Zoom or Google Meet in which everyone could use. I wanted to approach this work in a way that felt natural, untampered and real. I would take screenshots and photograph my screen with my iPhone, giving me options on resolution and possibly incorporating any environmental imperfections. Their webcam lens would become my lens. Thus it would be the furthest away I’ve ever been from being physically present with a camera. I had to come to terms with the lack of image quality, embrace imperfections, and try to create images from what I saw in front of me. There was no way to light the rooms where they are sitting in, so I directed each person/sitter to find the best space within their habitat and position them in a way to reflect their character and their identity. It was a pleasure photographing every one of them. Shining a light on diversity within academia is very important, so I’m delighted to participate in the project.
📸 All Shot Remotely via Zoom, January-February 2021.