/ 2020 / Portraiture / Self-Portrait

The Isolation Diary

  • Prize
    Bronze in Portraiture/Self-Portrait
  • Photographer
    Gavin Smart
  • Credit
    Gavin Smart

As a freelance photographer, I lost almost all of my current work when COVID 19 struck in the UK. Faced with almost no income and employment, like many across the country, this crisis hit hard, causing feelings of worry, fear, isolation and loneliness.

These images are memories of private moments, at times when I felt it most acutely. I set myself the task of writing down each of the feelings as they came, turning these words into images on screen and in print.

I offer up my own story, to share with those in a similar position, who maybe don't have the same means of expression.

Gavin is an award-winning freelance photographer and digital assistant based in Edinburgh, working throughout the UK and beyond.

He originally trained as a classical and jazz musician at London’s Guildhall School of Music, before moving to Paris as an artisan baker, working with leading French boulangerie Eric Kayser. His photographic work is as diverse as his background, telling thought-provoking stories through creative imagery. He draws particular inspiration from the art, design and photography that he was exposed to during his time in Paris.

Awards Moscow International Foto Awards - New Talent Award 2019
Federation of European Professional Photographers - Merit Award, FEP Awards 2019.
4th Fine Art Photo Awards - Open Category Winner, 2018
Master Photographers Association - Student Photographer of the Year 2018
Master Photographers Association (Scotland) - Student Photographer of the Year 2018
British Institute of Professional Photography - Student Photographer of the Year 2017
British Institute of Professional Photography - Visual Arts Winner, 2017