In our hyper-connected, present-day reality, many people think of solitude as a strange or lonely aspect of life. Over the last two years, I have been exploring themes of solitude by isolating individuals in composition. I first began the project primarily by photographing myself and the landscape around me, including both residential and public areas that I would find myself in. The concept grew from the isolation I felt when first moving here for school during the Covid pandemic. It was the first time I was living on my own, and in addition, I was moving to a new city without knowing anyone. This project became a part of not just my photographic practice but a part of my weekly routine. This body of work focuses on instances of solitude and small moments woven into one's day that grant a person an opportunity to unwind and take time for themselves. While every person experiences these instances differently, this series aims to provide a glimpse through the walls we have built up when we are alone and expose the profundity of a private moment that can be experienced together.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Portrait photography--Themes, motives; Photography, Artistic--Themes, motives; Solitude in art
Photography and Related Media (MFA)
Department, Program, or Center
School of Photographic Arts and Sciences (CAD)
Dowis, Jacob, "Within the Hour" (2022). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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