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June 5, 2020

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Hunters Hill residents have captured a picture of family life during COVID-19 as part of a special photography series commissioned by Hunter’s Hill Council.

The results of The Driveway Project were published during Porch Placemaking Week (May 30 – June 5, 2020), a global movement encouraging activation of front porches, balconies, streets, front yards, stoops or driveways during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Project participants were selected as part of a Hunter’s Hill Council competition around Mother’s Day, with local photographer Donna Carroll capturing the special images.

Katie Taylor was among the mothers taking part and was photographed with husband Matthew, daughter Savannah, 3, and son Lucas, 11 months.

“For me it was so exciting because, as the mum, I have very few photos that I’m in,” Katie said.

“It was nice to honour Mother’s Day, to have photos of me and the kids as a family photo.

“Isolation with two little kids has been full-on, but I think part of the community coming together, even though we’ve been isolated, there’s been moments, putting teddy bears in the front window, we go for bear walks. We managed to have a driveway party with our next door neighbours as well.”

Pictured: Katie, Lucas, Savannah and Matthew Taylor. Photo by Donna Carroll.

Helen Schmid was photographed with her 27-year-old daughter Madeline Clouston.

Madeline found herself back in the family home after COVID-19 interrupted plans to relocate from Western Australia to London.

Mother and daughter have found plenty of projects to do around the home and garden, while Helen has been able to work from home.

“We’ve really treasured these moments,” Helen said.

“I feel really lucky.

“I’m very aware that not everyone has a garden to go to or a job.

“We’re very blessed.”

Pictured: Madeline Clouston and Helen Schmid. Photo by Donna Carroll.

All Driveway Project participants receive framed portraits, while two lucky mothers won hampers with products from local businesses.

 

Picture Gallery

Photos by Donna Carroll.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Jacqui Jones, Communications Officer. Phone: (02) 9879 9400

Email: jonesj@huntershill.nsw.gov.au

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