Melbourne, the world’s most locked-down city, struggled through over 240 days of pandemic restrictions.
There was limited time outside and scarce options to learn and play with the kids, but everyone found their own ways to keep going; small things, small wins. Like making an astronaut suit and helmet for your space-fascinated child, a novelty that won’t last.
Stories, however, do last. With a bit of imagination, stories can be found anywhere, whether it’s within a five-kilometre travel limit or in your bedroom.
These analogue photographs are the memories from the stories we found. The lockdown has now ended, and she’ll outgrow the costume, but the time spent together exploring and imagining is one special gift to keep
Ukraine-born and raised, Melbourne-based Andrew Rovenko has called Australia home for over 17 years. Currently working as a Creative Technologist, photography has always been a passion but never a career.
A stint as a freelance magazine photographer and various commercial assignments over the years provided invaluable skills and experience but could never match the fun and freedom of not having to work towards a specific goal. This eventually led to doing just personal work, primarily on film, where he experienced the joy of craftsmanship the most.
One personal project, The rocketgirl chronicles, a personal project born during Melbourne’s 6th lockdown, has received critical acclaim and recognition worldwide, including coverage by Vogue, Rolling Stone, exhibitions in Italy and New York, and Australian Photography Magazine’s 2021 Australian Photographer of the Year.
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