Carlisle’s Kerry Clark to take part in 2020 Vision Project
Our own photographer Kerry Clark is part of a nationwide collective of 100 UK photographers to celebrate and pay tribute to NHS and healthcare workers on the frontline of Covid-19 with new national exhibition and book.
Capturing the PERSON BEHIND THE MASK to express the human story – not in hospitals or in uniform – a visual story reflecting personality and strength. Human connection is at the forefront of this project in order to celebrate and validate those who have selflessly cared for our nation throughout the pandemic.
“I took shots of all my subjects in my style but I also have photos of them in their PPE too. I’m super excited that my photos are going to show at this exhibition. It’s happening this weekend to mark the six month anniversary since lockdown and I’m going to make a weekend of it down in London with my husband and friends.
I took these photos because they all need applauded. Jessica is an intensive care nurse, she was just out of surgery from cancer, overcame that and was straight back to work on the COVID intensive care ward. Alex is a health care worker at Cumberland Infirmary, her five year old daughter raised £1000 for her mum’s ward who then gave it on to the Save Our Stan Appeal so I took a shot of both of them.
There’s Ashley who’s a nurse at Penrith Hospital and her daughter raved about how great her mum was. While Jade is a health care worker who lived away from her three children for three months. She said it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done but she just had to do it.
They’re all so humble and honoured I’ve submitted their photos, because they feel like their part of a bigger team.”
2020 Vision Project secured Arts Council funding thanks to Horizon, a charitable organisation helping people in recovery from addiction through creative media. Funding enables a national exhibition and book of the 600 photographs to be produced.
The collaboration was initiated by Sophie Sheinwald and Annie Murray. Sophie a photographer and co-creator of Generation Share – a Forbes top 5 isolation read, and Annie, Director of Edit Sweet Ltd film production and founder of Horizon.
Together, co-founding the powerful 2020 Vision Project whilst being able to give back to future creatives through charitable means.
Sophie said “We saw a strong need for the public at large to recognise the people within the NHS and wider healthcare system. So we invited 100 portrait photographers to join this effort to build a powerful, national exhibition of photography – to validate and recognise these amazing people.”
Annie conveys “We are interested in the human connection that each photographer brings to the public through their individual unique skills and expression. The aim is to exhibit these portraits across the UK and beyond.”
Each photographer is to use their individual portrait style, which will culminate in a strong collection of unique imagery of our healthcare professionals nationwide.
With the aim to produce tributes across the UK with selected photos to be exhibited in mainstream galleries for public viewing. Planning for a press and PR launch event later this year.”
Find out more about Kerry below.