Olga is a friend of Asia Werbel who has instigated the 12 small pieces project whereby photographers
will reach across borders and communicate the connections we have across the world with people of all backgrounds. Asia has said "Covid-19 is a terrible disease. It knows no borders, it preys on people of all nations. Despite the indiscriminate nature of the disease, it has been used as an excuse to divide, to conquer, to separate east from west, north from south, city from country, rich from poor.
12 small pieces is a project that seeks to break down these artificial borders. At a time when people are in isolation, under lockdown due to Covid-19 restrictions, the only form of communication is through digital platforms. In 12 small pieces, photographers, artists, and members of the public from around the world create images of the person they are digitally communicating with. It’s a project which recognises a world without borders, where the ties between us, even when only digital, are stronger than those who would break us apart."
Olga, who is originally from Sydney, had met Asia when they both attended Central St Martins School of Art in London and have been friends ever since. Asia introduced Olga by email and asked if I would be willing to be photographed again for this project and I readily agreed particularly after looking at her excellent work online. Olga and I spoke by skype and she asked me to place my face as close as possible to the screen which I did and she clicked away. It must have only taken ten minutes and afterwards we chatted a bit and she told me that her interest was in Fine Art photography and that was it. Certainly the quickest shoot I have ever had.
I'm not sure what the photograph says about me. The fact that I did it says that I am willing to have a go at anything where photography is concerned and, notwithstanding the speed of the shoot, I found Olga to be a very friendly and warm person. This is a very interesting and worthwhile project but, for me and I guess for the photographers too, there is no substitute for meeting and working with the photographer and subject respectively face to face and having time and space to explore different ideas and angles.Of course, that is simply not possible at the moment but in this digital age, such an idea as Asia has conceived and put into practice emphasises the necessity to continue to communicate with each other and the benefits which follow.
Yes, very interesting and credit to Asia and Olga for putting it out there and I am most grateful to them for inviting me to take part.
The project: http://www.instagram.com/