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Photography student starts lockdown doorstep project

BA (Hons) Photography student Emma Garrard has started personal documentary project Doorstep, capturing friends and neighbours through photography during the UK’s COVID-19 lockdown.

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In her second year at NUA, Emma started the project just after the UK went into lockdown. As a BA (Hons) Photography student enjoying portraiture, she wanted to continue her practice and find a way to capture this unique moment in history. 

Emma uses her daily exercise walk to take photos of neighbours and friends standing on their doorsteps in Ipswich. Her rules are that her subjects must be within the area she lives and that she keeps at least 2 metres away when capturing them. As news of her project has spread, she has gradually received more requests for visits.

“I have enjoyed creating memories for people at this strange time whilst gaining a sense of ‘normality’. It has been humbling to have the experience of capturing some nurses, physios and other key workers who are working on the frontline. I was quite surprised to photograph some people who had not left the house due to ongoing health reasons, and I was the first person they had seen throughout this lockdown period. “

Emma Garrard

Emma was approached by BBC Radio Suffolk to give a short interview on air about her project. Find out more about Emma’s project on her Instagram and Facebook

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