YOUR SMILES ON SHOW
Albany families are being beamed into the heart of Perth through Brayden Thompson’s pandemic-inspired photography. When WA bunkered down in April, Mr Thompson hit the streets to capture community spirit in the face of the coronavirus crisis. Armed with a long lens, he stopped by more than 100 Albany homes to take family portraits which are now being shown on the massive digital tower in Yagan Square.
The faces of Albany as captured by young photographer Brayden Thompson, 19, at the peak of the COVID-19 crisis are being shown in lights in the heart of Perth for an entire year.
While WA bunkered down in April to flatten the virus curve, the Porch Project went viral across the State, with photographers hitting the streets to capture community spirit in the face of a global crisis.
Armed with a long lens, Mr Thompson visited about 150 homes in Albany and Narrogin snapping portraits of families in self-isolation from outside their houses.
His work has since attracted the eye of Screenwest, WA’s peak screen development and funding body, which asked Mr Thompson to display his portraits on the 45m high Yagan Square Digital Tower in the centre of Perth.
After giving up several weekends to drive from house to house, Mr Thompson said it felt “awesome” to see his work on the big screen.
His photos can be seen on the tower multiple times a day during a nine-minute slide show, which will be shown for the next 12 months.
“Photos don’t really do it justice,” he said.
“I was there with my mum and my two sisters and it was just so cool — it’s huge.”
Mr Thompson said Albany’s support for the project had been overwhelming.
He has since printed a Porch Project book and about 20 images have been purchased by the WA Museum for a special COVID-19 exhibition when it reopens in November.
Rob Matson and Ellie Gregory in front of their portrait on display in Yagan Square.