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Joshua Gawthorpe

BA (Hons) Photography, Video and Digital Imaging | Class of 2021

Joshua is a digital photographer based in Leeds with a passion for creativity. During his school years he developed an interest in playing instruments such as the piano, guitar and bass, which has influenced his creative work in photography and graphic design. Joshua has an interest in constructing images, working with props and models to achieve a surreal atmosphere. His work often connotes real-life experiences, either giving his own perspective, those of another person or creating a vision of what the future might hold. He also works commercially as a content creator, providing services to businesses including videography, photography and graphic design.

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Battle with Segregation
This project has been created to showcase my personal experiences of the global pandemic, experiences which many others may have faced over the last 18 months. Battle with Segregation is meaningful to those who look deeper.

After a large amount of research, I noticed the answers given and rules imposed were often contradictory of each other, which inspired to me to focus on realism and to share the heaviness of this global pandemic with the community. This is not just my project and experience, but it is the experience of the nation. Throughout this pandemic, we as a community, have fought to keep our loved ones safe and to ensure we stop the spread. This emphasises the message I want to convey:

“We, as a nation are battling to stop the segregation caused by this global pandemic.”

War on Isolation
This body of work has been crafted whilst confined in isolation, during the COVID-19 outbreak.

After the UK government announced restrictions on travel and socialisation I was heavily affected; I took a huge knock to my work, my projects and even in my personal life. I physically locked myself in the house but also did it mentally, depriving myself of sleep and eating poor quality meals.

This heavily affected my university project looking into the UK car scene, the inability to go out and socialise meant this project was never going to work and deteriorated very quickly, grinding my studies to a halt. It took me about two weeks to pick myself back up and realise, this wasn’t going to go away any time soon.

I had just purchased an ex British military gas mask (S10 respirator) for a future project when a journalist stated ‘we are at war with the invisible killer COVID-19.’ Combining this, and my experiences of isolating, this project was created.
All images are titled using news headlines to date.