Combined by separation, photographers Joe Coleman, Graham Cook and Steve Welsh interpreted the experience of lockdown in their space and place. Geographically distanced between Somerset, Wiltshire and Bristol they were creative islands in the stream of pandemic.


Coleman’s isolation allowed him to watch time inexorably creep by while confined to his apartment- his own ‘Allegory of The Cave'. Cook presents diptychs depicting the confines of his environment that create conjoining metaphors while Welsh interpreted the societal response to the pandemic in the place of his birth to construct a narrative.


Insula – Latin for island and the root of the word isolation describes three conceptual approaches of interpretation to the same problem, how to visually represent what is happening to people and place during the first world crisis of the 21st century.