Famous Photographer Creates New Artwork Each Day in Isolation and Calls on Other Artists to Share Their Latest Works

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Jamie Beck is known for creating stunning photos that look like paintings.

Artists of all kinds are trying to find ways of inspiring people during these troubling times. Musicians like Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alicia Keys have put on virtual concerts while street artists are crafting stunning murals. But Provence-based photographer Jamie Beck started a movement called #IsolationCreation, where she committed to creating one piece of original photographic art each day as stay-at-home orders remain in place. 


Beck, known for her gorgeous Instagram account @annstreetstudio (now @jamiebeck.co) and for inventing the cinemagraph with her husband back in 2011, has created over 35 original photographs since starting her lockdown. She is selling them for $50 as fine art posters on jamiebeck.co, and has chosen to give a portion of the proceeds to the Foundation for Contemporary Art's COVID-19 Emergency Grants Fund. To date, she has raised over $10,000 for that organization with thousands of posters sold, shipped to 65 different countries around the world.

Courtesy Jamie Beck

"As official stay-at-home orders went in place, our jobs were put on hold for the foreseeable future, my baby was out of crèche indefinitely, and it sounded like France was moving toward a full lockdown," Beck told Departures. "I decided then to take the power back from losing work, losing freedom, losing support, and get into the studio to create one original piece of photographic art each day that this persisted."

She added, "I see this as a challenge to myself to produce something positive out of a situation none of us could ever anticipate. I aim to put forth beautiful daily content while also sharing my knowledge and love for photography."




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Storytelling in food photography. Have you ever had a soft pretzel in your life? I guess you have, and I bet it was an experience you'd repeat. . Can you see just how perfect these pretzel knots turned out? Can you imagine how the house smelled when they were in the oven? How they are still slightly warm? Can you imagine the soft, spongey texture? . I teared one knot open so that you could imagine that perfect interior. And spread some butter on it, which partly melted (you might've guessed from the buttery knife and the missing edge of the butter, right?). . Would you like to grab one of these knots right out of the image? - If yes, I guess I've reached my goal of drawing you emotionally into the picture, to activate your senses and memories - although admittedly the knots themselves did part of the job 😜🤤. . 🇪🇸 Storytelling in fotografía gastronómica. Alguna vez has comido uno de estos pretzels tiernos? Si los probaste apuesto a que repetirías y si no, a que te gustaría probarlos. . Puedes ver lo perfecto que salieron estos nudos de pretzel? Puedes imaginar el olor que había en mi casa cuando estaban en el horno? Como aún están un poco calientes? Te puedes imaginar la textura suave y esponjosa? . Abrí uno para la foto, para que pudieras imaginar el interior mejor, y porque tenía las mismas ganas que tú de comerme uno. Lo unté con un poco de mantequilla que se fundió parcialmente - lo podrías haber adivinado por la parte que falta de la mantequilla y por el cuchillo, ¿verdad? . ¿Quisieras meter tu brazo en la foto y sacar uno de estos nudos? Si es así, lo conseguí. Conseguí que conectaras emocionalmente con la imagen, que activara tus sentidos y recuerdos - aunque hay que admitir que el sujeto en este caso no me lo puso demasiado difícil 😜🤤... . . . . . . . . . . #lenkaslens #foodphotography #isolationcreation #stayhomeandbake #quarantinecooking #pretzelknots #ultimatecomfortfood #pretzels #storytelling #huffposttaste #homebaking #foodstyling #seektexture #thebakefeed @thefeedfeed #twocupsbakery @twocupsflour #freshfromtheoven #foodphotographytips #makeitdelicious #goodmoodfood #freshbread #bakersgonnabake #still_life_gallery #foodartblog #forkyeah

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The artist also called on other creators around the world to use this time to produce pieces of their own and use the #IsolationCreation hashtag. Since the call out, she's seen over 200,000 submissions of artwork from others. "It's been incredible to see the response," she said.