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

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Student Type


Degree Name

Photography and Related Media (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Photographic Arts and Sciences (CAD)


Joshua Thorson

Advisor/Committee Member

Ahndraya Parlato

Advisor/Committee Member

Daniel Larkin


RIT – Main Campus

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