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Connected: A Shared Experience

University of Southern Queensland photographer captures lockdown life in backyard portraits

In an unprecedented time of COVID-19 lockdown, the University of Southern Queensland photographer David Martinelli set out to capture and document his work community in a series of portraits.

“Connected: A Shared Experience” features University of Southern Queensland staff members on their own doorsteps and backyards during the working-from-home period.

“I sent a message out through the University’s community noticeboard and was overwhelmed by the positive response,” Mr Martinelli said.

“It was not just about the photography but the reflection throughout and afterwards. I found it quite emotional talking to people, asking how they were coping and hearing how they were missing loved ones.”

The brief was for people in the University community from the three campuses – Toowoomba, Ipswich and Springfield – to have an item with them that they connected or reconnected with during that period in time.

“The aim was to capture for all time a record that can be shared and reflected upon by the participants and the wider university community,” Mr Martinelli said.

As a result, the photos and interviews have been transformed into a book which will be officially released this weekend.

The project, which includes 68 portraits, will be exhibited at the University of Southern Queensland over the next three months.

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David Martinelli has captured the University community during the first COVID19 lockdown.