Week 4 Lecture & Resources
A photographer’s creative response to the “restlessness of lockdowns”
I found an editorial on the Aperture website about how Nepalese photographer Tirtha Lawati responded creatively to the experience of living through lockdowns in the UK, which “forced Lawati to confront his own conception of home over an extended period of time spent in close confines with his extended family.” (O’Neill 2021)
His ongoing series, entitled Nyauli, named after a type of bird native to Nepal, is described as a “call for home” and attempts to depict the feeling of restlessness which is all too familiar for many of us. I thought this was an interesting take on the way this pandemic has been challenging for a lot of people on a deeply personal level.
Reflection on the week
I found the group crit session this week really useful. Firstly, it was an opportunity to get feedback from my peers on the (at the time of the crit) work-in-progress on my visual journal, which was overwhelmingly positive, particularly because I am physically making the journal(s) and additionally very encouraging, where they were interested to see how the work develops. Secondly, I also used it as a chance to ask the group for their experiences, in relation to their own creative practice and how the pandemic has affected this, and any wider reflections on living through this period, with my autoethnographical approach towards research in mind.
The general consensus was that the assorted lockdowns gave a feeling of having warped our perception of time. There was also a sense that the effects of the pandemic have generally been a greater work/life balance, with less commuting and more flexibility from employers on home working. The more introverted among us benefitted from the reduced expectation to socialise and quieter environments with less people around. One student said the pandemic led her to make the decision to go freelance within the last year, as well as choosing to start this master’s degree.
On the other side, one of my fellow students actually caught Covid and temporarily lost her sense of taste! We also agreed that one of the negatives has been the dearth of live music and festivals lately.
O’NEILL, Alistair. 2021. ‘The Photographer Confronting the Restlessness of Lockdowns.’ Aperture. Available at https://aperture.org/editorial/the-photographer-confronting-the-restlessness-of-lockdowns-tirtha-lawati/ [accessed 13/10/2021]
PechaKucha. 2021. Available at https://www.pechakucha.com/ [accessed 11/10/2021]