Share your isolation experience

Living Well | RACV | Posted on 01 June 2020

Be part of the movement documenting our experiences during COVID-19 isolation.

Social distancing can be a lonely exercise – but we’re all in this together. That’s why the Ballarat International Foto Biennale has partnered with FORMAT International Photography Festival and Gallery of Photography Ireland to create a visual record of the COVID-19 crisis on Instagram. 

Black and white photo of Flinders St Station in Melbourne

Scenes from Flinders St station. Photo: @nathancc_photography.

The project is inspired by the 1937 Mass Observation project in Britain, during which three former Cambridge students collaborated to form the United Kingdom social research organization in an attempt to document the daily lives of British people. 500 volunteers participated, providing diaries of their daily experiences or documenting their conversations with friends, families and neighbours. The movement was successful in capturing the sentiment of the general public and was ultimately influential in shaping British public policy. 

2020 has already proven to be a hugely significant moment in time, bringing change unlike anything in living memory. The Mass Isolation Project seeks to not only keep a record of this unprecedented situation, but also document the emotional, human impact of the crisis. Participation is free, with members of the community encouraged to share their photographs on Instagram to build an online visual archive of this extraordinary time in history. Ballarat International Foto Biennale curators Shaohui Kwok and Amelia Saward say they hope the project is an opportunity for members of the global community to find lightness, share experiences and build faith in humanity’s ability to survive.

So if you’ve managed to perfect the latest TikTok dance, baked the perfect cake or just want to share a picture in your pyjamas, upload your photo with the following hashtags: #massisolationAUS, #massisolation and #ballaratfoto.

To check out current submissions, head to