Faced with the prospect of doing yet another jigsaw puzzle or watching yet another Netflix series, M&C Saatchi creative team Camila Gurgel and Ieva Paulina drew on their boredom to create a photography series documenting life in lockdown.
The project explores people’s connections with their bored minds, homes and food during the pandemic, using everyday objects such as sunglasses, pencils and puzzle pieces to create surreal situations and shapes.
The abstract images reflect the melancholy, humour and nostalgia of this period, while serving a greater cause of raising funds for NHS workers.
The Conceptual Boredom series will be exhibited at the Espacio Gallery in London’s Shoreditch from 10-16 August, with half the proceeds from sales donated to NHS Charities Together.
'Stay home heroes'
Not all heroes wear capes – some bake sourdough loaves, do living-room workouts or practise drag make-up in their bedroom mirrors. As lockdown weariness set in, Iris creative director Ross Taylor enlisted 26 professional photographers to shine the spotlight on ordinary people who observed the government order to stay at home and protect the NHS.
The glossy, stylised images paint the housebound as superheroes and elevate such mundane activities as baking and getting dressed to the realm of the extraordinary, illuminating the humour, creativity and spirit that united people behind closed doors. The project is raising money for Heroes, a charity that helps NHS workers, through the sale of limited-edition prints and a book, with a gallery exhibition also planned for when such events are able to resume.
One bright spot in the pandemic has been a greater sense of community. George Bryant, chief creative officer of The Brooklyn Brothers, photographer Tristan Bejawn, whose work won the 2019 Portrait of Britain award, Omar Karim, creative technologist, and director Joe Connor, who shot the Rolling Stones’ latest music video, launched a photography project to capture that communal spirit.
It started with Bejawn taking portraits of his neighbours in Southwest London, and the initiative grew with others submitting photos to the @WeAreYourNeighbours Instagram account. "This is a unique time in our culture and the community spirit should never be forgotten," Bejawn told the London Evening Standard.