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Bronze 2020 People / Self-Portrait

The Isolation Diary

  • Photographer
    Gavin Smart
  • Prize
    Bronze in People / Self-Portrait

As a freelance photographer, I lost almost all of my current work when COVID 19 struck in the UK. Faced with almost no income and employment, like many across the country, this crisis hit hard, causing feelings of worry, fear, isolation and loneliness. These images are memories of private moments, at times when I felt it most acutely. I set myself the task of writing down each of the feelings as they came, turning these words into images and text. I offer up my own short story, to share with those who find themselves struggling in these tough and worrying times.

Gavin is an award-winning freelance photographer and digital assistant based in Edinburgh, working throughout the UK and beyond. He originally trained as a classical and jazz musician at London’s Guildhall School of Music, before moving to Paris as an artisan baker, working with leading French boulangerie Eric Kayser. His photographic work is as diverse as his background, telling thought-provoking stories through creative imagery. He draws particular inspiration from the art, design and photography that he was exposed to during his time in Paris.