Documentary photography in times of pandemic



Tell us about your latest photo project

After living and working in Asia for the past 10 years, I found myself in Devon weathering the storm of a global pandemic. I work as a freelance photographer and videographer, and I’m used to traveling and being on the road.

I decided to revisit this project as a way to re-explore Devon and reconnect with those I have photographed before in a project called Home is where the heart is.

This project started 11 years ago when I started registering people living in “alternative” housing. The project also comments on the need for housing in this region, rising house prices, unemployment and concerns for the environment.

How do you find the ideas / themes for your projects?

My work involves a constant search for interesting characters and stories. I get a lot of my ideas from chatting with locals wherever I am.

Things that seem very ordinary to someone may seem extraordinary to others. I’m a naturally curious person, so I don’t mind digging deep and asking questions that lead me to places of interest.

Alice carfrae

“A portrait of Zany with Uno at the old Holden Forest site.” Alice managed to find her more than 10 years later on Instagram (Image credit: Alice Carfrae)

What logistical considerations should you think about?

Usually my job involves travel, often to remote locations, so I have to plan very well in terms of gear and gear as I am often off the grid and out of mobile range for a while.

For this project, I enjoyed working in my area, as I only had to plan day trips. A lot of work is building relationships with the people I photograph because that is the best way to understand the issues surrounding their situation.

Photo of Alice d'Eloïse, who turned a 1989 Mercedes Coachbuilt camper van into a home and mobile weaving studio

Photo of Alice d’Eloïse, who turned a 1989 Mercedes Coachbuilt camper van into a home and mobile weaving studio (Image credit: Alice Carfrae)

How did you find the job under the coronavirus restrictions this year?

It has changed the way I work a lot as I usually travel a lot for different projects but since returning to Devon in April I have not left the county. I usually take fairly intimate portraits, so I like to spend time in physical proximity to my subject, but I had to find a way both to record interviews and to do portraits that are taken from a physical distance but that still capture that meaning. privacy.

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