Local photographer Rachel Sharp is embarking on a project to document Adelaide business life during COVID-19.
After moving into her new Ridgehaven studio in June of last year, Sharp found herself closing the doors just nine months later as bookings dried up in the wake of the global pandemic.
As a photographer, Sharp is familiar with capturing memories.
Instinctively, she says she wanted to document what was happening around her.
Hundreds of local businesses were fighting to adapt given the circumstances.
“When I walked past local stores and shopping centres and saw everything closed, I felt like I needed to do something to capture that,” Sharp says.
“All around me, I saw business owners fighting to adapt. People have been talking about this time as being history in the making. We’re living it now.”
Thus, the idea for The Covid Tales came to light.
Sharp’s intention for the project is to photograph 95 businesses in their current COVID-19 state, and write a short story for each, with the content forming a book.
Sharp also plans to provide copies of the book to libraries or community centres, as a record of the unique period of history we are currently living through.