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Life In Lockdown: Stories from Melbourne

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Stories from Melbourne
Together Apart: Life in Lockdown

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Cover, Together Apart: Life in Lockdown

This timely coffee table book created by photographer Jude van Daalen and journalist Belinda Jackson is a time capsule of sorts. The two neighbours spent the lockdown capturing the images and stories of 60 different people from their immediate area. Stuck within a five kilometre limit, as all Melburnians were, these two professionals decided to join forces and create something to add to the annals of history, a glimpse into the lives of people riding the waves of life in lockdown.

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Lollipop lady waits for the children that never come. Together Apart: Life in Lockdown

The stories are a combination of haunting tales of sadness, despair, loneliness and fear, and the joy felt by families and communities embracing each other and the time that they've been given as a respite from a busy lifestyle. Teachers missed their students, kids desperately missed their friends, adult children missed their ageing parents, but little ones drew rainbows in chalk on the footpaths and some families even decided to make a sea change.

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Melbourne's beaches were closed during its extended lockdown. See Together Apart: Life in Lockdown

This book is a sensational depiction of life as it was experienced by people all across Melbourne, with all its joys and sorrows. Buy it for your friends, your family and for yourself.

To listen to author, Belinda Jackson, speaking about the experience of creating this book during lockdown, click here.

Together Apart: Life in Lockdown is on sale now, available from December 1 - pre-order from
RRP $79

To see more of Belinda's work, check out her website.

For portrait photography, check out Jude's site for The Melbourne Portrait Studio.

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Why? Buy this book as a memorial to times we hope we never see again.
When: Pre-order now.
Where: Order online
Cost: $79
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