Photographer reveals intimate lives of Clarence in lockdown
DOCUMENTING life during a pandemic has evolved into an intimate body of work for Clarence Valley photographer Minya Rose.
Since the region went into social hibernation last month, Ms Rose has captured community members sharing their personal thoughts on how they are coping with a new reality.
"After chatting to different people, it was obvious that many had the same fears and concerns, so I wanted to share the stories of some incredible humans who were showing their vulnerabilities and being honest in the way they are adapting."
The series of black and white portraits are accompanied by a short extract from each subject which provides a raw account of life in lockdown.
"Everyone I have spoken to has actually just needed the five minutes or hour to be asked honestly how they felt," she said.
"I think there is a real power in having honest conversations."
On their own, each portrait captures how individuals are adapting to a new way of life; an internal struggle between the universal desire for human connection and the deadly risk of infection through close contact.
Collectively, however, it becomes clear that this tension is a shared experience, thus reinforcing the significance of the work's title: We're in this Together.
"I've had many messages from people saying they are really appreciating reading what people are saying," she said.
"I also had emergency personnel contact me to thank me for capturing (emergency responder) Matt because few people realise what they have to go through each day, and this provided a window into their world."