Serving as an adjunct professor at two local colleges during the Covid-9 pandemic, I saw firsthand how disappointed students were that they would not be able to celebrate the end of their college year. Alys’s portraits helped document their rite of passage during a uniquely difficult time.
From Lost Summer’s press release:
Lost Summer consists of 44 black and white portraits of north London teenagers. From June to August 2020, once lockdown had eased, Alys Tomlinson photographed young people whose proms and end of year celebrations had been cancelled due to Covid-19. Instead of being in the usual settings of school halls or hotel function rooms, she captured them all dressed up in their gardens, backyards and local parks. The portraits illustrate the poignancy of a lost summer for teenagers who were unable to mark this significant step in growing up and leaving school. There is a quietness to the images and a merging of the inner and outer worlds, the psychological and physical. The images represent a loss and longing, but also celebrate each teenager as an individual, navigating this uncertain and challenging time.
News regarding the series:
National Portrait Gallery
Taylor Wessing Portrait prize
First Place: Alys Tomlinson
Congratulations to Alys Tomlinson on winning the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize. Her award winning works: ‘Samuel’, ‘Jack’ and ‘Jameela’ are included in this year's Taylor Wessing Online Exhibition.
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