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Collective Isolation Project, week 20: Wonder

A little girl looks off to the distance as she sits on a swing with her puppy
04 September 2020

Has the pandemic rekindled your childlike sense of wonder?

We’re often searching for the very large pleasures in life.

Lockdown, for some, has been a time of introspection and slowing down, which has led us to pay closer attention to the wealth of small pleasures that lie all around us.

We’ve been finding joy in the little things – spring flowers blooming, star gazing, being up at dawn, a long hot bath, listening to the rain and rereading our favourite books.

What small pleasures have brought you joy during lockdown?

Share your response at our Facebook Memory Bank group and tag us with #SLVMemoryBank.

About this image

This image of a young girl and her dog swinging in the garden is by commercial photographer Ruth Hollick, who became famous for her portraits of children.

Hollick's portraits of children and Melbourne's elite helped usher in a new era of fashion photography and made her a leading photographer of the 1920s – despite never being formally trained in photography.

Described as a pictorialist by art historians, she would often use only natural available light in her portraits to create soft, atmospheric scenes.

The Library holds over a thousand photographs by Hollick – some as prints, but most as glass or flexible negatives. The entire collection is digitised and available to view online.

How to respond

Please feel welcome to respond as creatively or literally as you wish.

If you contribute, we may contact you to discuss collecting and using your images, stories, objects and experiences. We may not be able to accept everything, but we will endeavour to do so! With your permission, your contributions may be added to the State Collection or used in future Library programs.

About The Collective Isolation Project

The Collective Isolation Project aims to cement this current moment in history, and is our inaugural Memory Bank campaign.

Find out more about Memory Bank, including details about how to contribute each week.

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