And It Would Always
Be The Same

Publication, Photography Series
I think a lot about how people spend their time. The lives of retired people particularly fascinate me. I photographed this series in Ontario, Canada between January and March 2020. I explored the way photography as a tool can showcase the value of everyday life. Carefully using the female gaze, I captured my grandparents in their daily lives. The COVID-19 lockdown began immediately after the series concluded, making the photographs additionally sentimental. I spent days with my grandparents before everything shut down, photographing them as they lived.

The book acts as a window into the lives of my grandparents. I aimed to create a simple and authentic experience for the reader. The design of the book is carefully considered to match the tone of the photography series. The lives beings shown in the images are quiet, humble and honest, but the photographs are full of details. The book is large so the images could be printed at a big enough size to be fully appreciated. It features a story by famed Canadian author Alice Munro. I set the story in the typeface Malabar to reflect the sincere tone Munro writes with. The paper colour and stock change throughout the publication, to signal new sections and for high quality photo reproduction. The book exists in an edition of one. I designed, printed and bound the book by hand.

This project was a finalist in the
RDG 2020 Student Awards Program
Roles—Art Direction, Photography, Design
Tools—InDesig, Photoshop, Lightroom

The photography project culminated in a book, with a story by Canadian writer Alice Munro. I carefully selected the story to compliment the photo series and add to the story being told within the photographs. The type treatment was deliberately considered to match the tone of the writing. Different paper stocks and colours were used to communicate an overall experience when engaging with the book. It was important that all the elements of the book work together to deliver a honest, thought-provoking experience.
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