May 3, 2021
IN CONVERSATION WITH SAMANTHA BROWN
Photography by Samantha Brown
Interview by Melanie Meggs
Samantha Brown is a British-Canadian photographer, and a digital nomad. Over the last year Samantha has documented the pandemic, mostly from the back of her campervan 'Juno', whilst travelling safely in line with local lockdown restrictions.
GROUNDED is her first book.
How does a pandemic affect a physical place, and our sense of self within it? That's the question that Samantha pondered on a ten month, socially distanced journey in 2020. Departing India prior to the grounding of flights in March, Samantha documented the empty streets of Bristol during the first lockdown, before venturing to Europe via a deserted ferry as restrictions eased. Along the way, she encountered an out-of-season, out-of-time atmosphere that haunted every landscape, allowing her to explore themes such as alienation, loneliness and the isolation of travel.
GROUNDED is a photo book of visible beauty towards a deeper well of immersive, indefinable emotion filled with promise and hope. Every page is a joy to look at by itself. The book can be understood as a travel memoir, too, inspiring those who are wanting to begin a similar journey.
We had the pleasure of talking to Samantha about her book GROUNDED, her life as a digital nomad and her personal journey with photography.
"I wanted to create a record of how the pandemic has affected landscapes, and our sense of self within a place."