Irish Photographer, Ruth Medjber Captures Life In Lockdown In Stunning Portrait Series
"If I had of known people would be so moved by the imagery I would have released the first set of photos a long time ago."
Despite how grim and uncertain life feels at the moment in the midst of a pandemic, there have been some positives to come out of it. One of the good things has been to see how people are still able to think outside the (literal) box and be creative. Suddenly everyone is knitting, baking and starting new creative projects.
We caught up with Ruth to chat about why she started the series.
I started the project before the 2/5km rule came in, so I was able to go visit friends in Donabate and Sallins.
Then when the restrictions came in I had to stay local, which is Glasnevin/Drumcondra/Marino/Finglas.
I’ve always loved the aesthetic of an illuminated window at night. You see it a lot at Christmas when people have their trees in the window and you can peer into their living rooms. I think it stems from being naturally nosey really, who doesn’t have a goo into people’s homes when the big light is on and the blind is up.
I’m a music photographer by trade and I tour a lot with bands. Usually I’d be just about to start shooting at around 9pm each night, which is twilight at this time of year. I’m a bit of a workaholic, I can’t sit still at home with nothing to shoot. Heading out to shoot at this time just seemed natural and it all came together quite easily. Shooting windows is hardly a new idea, lots of people have done it before me (Massive Attack’s “Protection” video is great example) and lots more people are doing it now, I just put my own stamp on it for this project.
People really surprised me with their reaction. If I had of known people would be so moved by the imagery I would have released the first set of photos a long time ago.
Lockdown is tough for everyone so I don’t think I’m alone in finding it hard. I live on my own. I pop up to deliver shopping to my folks in Drumcondra a few times a week, but other than that it’s quite boring.
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