Home isolation photo project

By Zoe McMaugh

Social isolation in Deniliquin and Mathoura is being documented through photography, as part of a new community project.

Mathoura-based photographer Zowie Crump was inspired by a friend to launch a local The Front Door Project, which appears to be a growing global initiative.

The no contact photography sessions are documenting what isolation looks like for local families.

‘‘A photographer I know in Gippsland was involved in the project after she got the idea from some photographers in the United States,’’ Ms Crump said.

‘‘I started in Mathoura last Sunday (March 29) when members of the community stood out in their driveways and applauded frontline workers.

‘‘From there, families got in touch with me.

‘‘It’s something nice for the families.  There are people who have recently had babies who now can’t have photos taken, for example.’’

Ms Crump said some members of the community have questioned why she is out in public when people are encouraged to stay home, but said she is adhering to all the necessary restrictions.

‘‘The photoshoot is prearranged, and there is no physical contact with the families.

‘‘I pull up and beep my car horn. I then stand beside my car, and they stay at the front of their home.

‘‘I was looking for something to do, and this is something people can look forward to and will make them happy.

‘‘It’s also another form of connecting the community.  There are people who might not have seen these families for such a long time, and now can’t because of the travel restrictions.’’

Troy, Chase, Aysha, Taylor and Zoe Bartlett.
Rebecca, Abbey, Scott, Hayden and Bailey Doncon.
Justin and Erica with their children Allergra, Stella and Vance.
Karli and Nathan O’Callaghan and their children Lara, Bella and Lacie stood in their front yard at Mathoura to applaud health care workers last week.
Dawn and Chris Crump at their Mathoura home.