It is human nature to look at photographs of historical events and think: “I wonder what it was like to live through that?” During the last few weeks we have all been living through a major event in modern world history – the Covid-19 pandemic.
To capture this, the Guernsey Photography Festival (GPF) is inviting Islanders living in the Bailiwick of Guernsey to participate in a unique community project, sharing their photographs to create an online visual record of this extraordinary time.
Each week throughout this crisis the Guernsey Photography Festival will be posting on their social network a different theme. To take part all you have to do is to take a photo related to the proposed theme and post it on Instagram with the following tag: #gsycovid19photoproject . Remember that you don’t need to be a professional photographer to take part.
GPF’s artistic director Jean-Christophe Godet says:
“We would love for life as we knew it to return, but this major health event is going to create a new normal, therefore we thought it was important to capture the COVID-19 pandemic in a meaningful way involving people of all ages and backgrounds. We hope to receive as many images as possible”
The Guernsey Press have kindly agreed to print every week some of the best images. and some of the work produced will become part of Guernsey photographic archive.
The project is open to all and to all ages. You don’t need to be a professional photographer to take part. We only ask that participants take care to follow the States of Guernsey guidance on Covid 19 when taking photographs, either staying at home or following social distancing guidelines. The good news is that even photos taken while working from home, homeschooling or out doing essential tasks are really important moments to capture during this strange and difficult time.
An exhibition and online archive showing work captured in the project will be curated by the Guernsey Photography Festival further down the line once social distancing is relaxed.