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Bracknell photography students capture life in isolation

Photography students from Activate Learning’s Bracknell and Wokingham College have been creating art inspired by life in isolation.

06 May 2020


Photography students from Activate Learning’s Bracknell and Wokingham College have been creating art inspired by life in isolation. 

Second year photography students were asked to create images responding to their experience of the COVID-19 lockdown. The young photographers were given the freedom to photograph anything that spoke to them. 

All of the images submitted have been created by the Photography BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma students since Bracknell and Wokingham College’s Church Road campus closed on 20 March. Students have been learning remotely since 23 March. 

Lucy Abbott, aged 21-years-old, from Bracknell, chose to highlight the importance of family at this time in her image entitled “Laughter and happiness in the face of extreme uncertainty”. 

She said: “My photograph of my brother Jensen pointing at something highlighted the importance of family to me in the current pandemic. I thought that Jensen pointing could mean that he is telling everyone something, like stay home and be safe.”


Josh Duffy, aged 21-years-old, from Wokingham, who is also studying a Photography BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma, decided to depict the feeling of loneliness and isolation during the lockdown. 

He said: “The tone set in my photograph is to show the feeling of freedom slowly draining away just like the colour of the world.  

“Being confined and not being able to leave your home to reach loved ones and people you care about.  

“The picture depicts the boredom and the sadness everyone is feeling while they stare out the window wishing the world would go back to normal so they can escape the invisible boxes that we must create to protect everyone and ourselves.”  


Jacinta McCabe, aged 17-years-old from Reading, chose to portray how photographers are struggling to create photographs during the lockdown. 

She said: “Since being in lockdown I’ve felt quite stuck with my creativity, it’s like I had hit a wall so I decided to look on Pinterest and Google for inspiration and it helped a lot.  

“I decided to do a photo shoot of myself and my sister and I am very pleased with the outcome.   

“These photographs represent my limitations in lockdown for example, no lighting and restrictions with models and areas.” 


Chris Cooper, aged 20-years-old, from Reading, decided to use his photograph of a whisk to celebrate how baking has become a popular activity during the lockdown. 

He said: “I am sure that under the lockdown requirements society has never used this piece of equipment, the whisk, more. Society will be learning and perfecting the craft of baking and delight of such a simple object. This photograph heroes the whisk and the much needed distractions it continues to bring.” 

Nicholas Brewer, photography tutor from Activate Learning said: “The importance of culture has never been more obvious with all the books, films or videos read, made or watched during lockdown.  

“Our second-year photography students have responded with an eclectic mix showing their imagination, technical ability and proactive attitude.  

“The students’ response speaks volumes about their creativity and desire to succeed. 

“Resourcefulness is a quality I have encouraged since early on in the course and throughout. The students’ ability to cultivate this asset is evident in the most imaginative and appropriate way.” 

Find out more about the Photography Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma available at Bracknell and Wokingham College or contact us on 0800 612 6008.