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Education Program / Mass Isolation

The Ballarat International Foto Biennale presents our first online Education Program: MASS ISOLATION. Photography is an amazing tool for capturing and sharing the experience of both isolated individuals and unprecedented global events. In this program, students are encouraged to explore and express themselves through photography and creatively document their own experience of isolation and COVID-19.

These six video workshops with accompanying teachers notes are suitable for any classroom around Australia. If necessary they can also be used for at home or in class learning.

The MASS ISOLATION Education Program is a photography unit developed by renowned street photographer Jesse Marlow for secondary aged students to be delivered at home or in class. Students will be instructed via video recordings, given tips and tricks for creating interesting and beautiful photographs, then encouraged to practice their own photography skills through various directed tasks. In each session, students will explore different themes and settings available to them from inside their homes and in their neighbourhood; working towards constructing a photo essay that visually represents their experience of isolation. 

Jesse Marlow is an award-winning Melbourne-based photographer whose work has been exhibited across the world and hangs in collections such as the National Gallery of Victoria and Australian Parliament House Collection. Perhaps most famous for his street photography, Marlow draws on his 23 years of experience capturing poetic and memorable photographic scenes to invite students to explore this medium with him.

With the generous help of the Besen Family Foundation, this program is FREE for schools to access and includes six sequential video lessons taught by Marlow. All students need for this unit is access to a camera (a Smart Phone is fine) and a computer.

This program is inspired by Mass Isolation Australia, presented by the Ballarat International Foto Biennale in associated with FORMAT International Photography Festival and Gallery of Photography Ireland, where curators Shaohui Kwok and Amelia Saward invite Australians to share their photographs and build an online visual archive of this extraordinary moment in history. See ballaratfoto.org/massisolationaus and or visit @massisolationaus on instagram for more information about the project. 

(L-R) Joanne Lee, Paul Siewert Unsplash