The 2020 Vision Project is a collaboration of UK photographers, and I’m thrilled to be one of the 100 selected to work on the project, collectively will help make our healthcare workers more visible through portrait photography and two exhibitions.

Collectively we have created a nationwide photographic tribute of our healthcare workers. Reflecting their dedication throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

 This project is about capturing human connection and creating a meaningful healthcare tribute to the people behind the masks. I photographed four brave women: two midwives, one psychiatric nurse and an occupational therapist. They were champions and braved being in the sea and going the extra mile to get the shot. 

My image is part of a series, a personal project of NHS workers. The coast is an obvious choice as I love the sea, the changing coastline and the light, it has fantastic unique quality. One that I felt compelled to explore for this project. This shot features Maggie, a midwife from Brighton (UK) she embraced my ideas with such enthusiasm, and was more than happy to float in the sea. 

Woman in the sea

About the exhibition

On September 26th and Sunday 27th, there will be a small preview showcase. In the beautiful venue of St.Ethelburga’s in Bishopsgate, London as we gather to celebrate the fantastic people that have worked tirelessly on the frontline.

Featuring a bespoke selection of portraits taken during lockdown this exclusive exhibition is the very first time this work will be shown ahead of the planned national exhibition in 2021. 

From CEO’s, consultants, porters and cleaners, this collection goes behind the mask and into the lives of the people that have seen the real face of Coronavirus.

Please be aware this is a socially distanced event, and face coverings must be worn unless exempt.

Tickets for the event are here.

To find out more about the project and further details of the exhibitions click here.


About the Author 

Amanda Thomas is a fashion, beauty and portrait photographer and has been working for over 20 years. She started life shooting rockstars and actors for magazines, and the approach was always to make them dynamic and approachable. This idea still applies today, and she has an editorial style, fashion-led approach to her work. 

Amanda is a brand collaborator for Profoto the global lighting company. In 2019 they invited her to be part of their associate programme, which involves giving talks on lighting at events including The Photography Show.  Amanda has written several articles on light for Photo Plus and Amateur Photographer magazines.

To find out more about her work and read other articles, follow her on Instagram for a peek behind-the-scenes at her shoots, and visit her website to find out more about her work.