An amateur Perth photographer has used two weeks in mandatory quarantine to capture and create stunning images taken from inside her hotel room.
- Liz Barker took a photo every day during two weeks of hotel quarantine
- Ms Barker said she was never lost for inspiration during the period
- At the same time, she also ran more than 15 kilometres in her room
Liz Barker was forced to isolate after returning to Perth from a work assignment in the Netherlands.
At first, she was apprehensive about how she would pass the time, so she set herself a creative challenge in an attempt to give herself a sense of purpose, aiming to produce one image each day inspired by things she could see from her hotel window.
“I saw so much opportunity to re-see, re-think, re-interpret and create something extraordinary from the ordinary,” she said.
Some of the photographs captured a moment in time, while others were “imagineered” images edited to depict a scene.
She said she became completely absorbed in the process and, despite being confined to her room, was never short on inspiration.
“Some days the image was not captured until sunset, others I knew early in the day that I had the image for the day, or it was a planned composite that I had imagined days before but I needed the right conditions to capture the images to make it,” Ms Barker said.
“There was so much material, but if I wasn’t looking for it, I wouldn’t have seen it.
‘There is beauty in everything’
She said one of her favourite images, titled “My Shadow and Me”, was captured on day 11 of her isolation.
“Although I was several floors up, I could hear the toddler squealing with delight as he played footy with his Dad — it made me happy,” she said.
“I wish I knew who they were, I would love to share a copy of the pic with them and let them know it lit up my day.”
Another photograph captured raindrops on her hotel window, shot using a macro lens.
“I think it is pretty, there is beauty in everything,” she said.
Ms Barker said when she wasn’t taking photographs or working remotely, she was exercising.
She ran more than 15 kilometres within her single room.
But she said documenting her quarantine period had definitely helped to pass the time, a distraction she described as a “gift”.
“There is no doubt in my mind that ‘iso’ would have been a different experience had I not given myself this challenge,” she said.