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A photographer's lockdown: Nicola Bernardi

Melbourne-based Italian photographer Nicola Bernardi Source: courtesy of Nicola Bernardi

When he came back to Australia in July 2019, Nicola Bernardi couldn't foresee that 2020 would have changed his plans to this point. From his Melbourne apartment he recounts his lockdown, between creative projects and a little more uncertainty about the future.

Nicola says he is a self-taught photographer, but he has an impressive cv. In 2017, at the end of his first stay in Australia, he won a prize at the prestigious Head On festival, with an intense portrait of his father.

After a period spent between Italy and the United States, in 2019 the young photographer decided to come back to Melbourne, a city where he felt at home.

Here he started working for a branding and design agency, a collaboration which helped him obtain a sponsorship to stay for four years.

A portrait by Nicola Bernardi's Isolation project
Un ritratto scattato da Nicola Bernardi | A portrait from Nicola Bernardi's Isolation project
Nicola Bernardi

But in this difficult 2020, the global pandemic and the subsequent closure of the Australian borders to non citizens and non permanent residents have changed his Australian experience.

Listen to his interview in Italian:

Un fotografo in lockdown: Nicola Bernardi
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A portrait from Nicola Bernardi's Isolation project
A portrait from Nicola Bernardi's Isolation project
Nicola Bernardi

Metropolitan Melbourne residents are subject to Stage 4 restrictions and must comply with a curfew between the hours of 8pm and 5am. During the curfew, people in Melbourne can only leave their house for work, and essential health, care or safety reasons.

Between 5am and 8pm, people in Melbourne can leave the home for exercise, to shop for necessary goods and services, for work, for health care, or to care for a sick or elderly relative. The full list of restrictions can be found here. All Victorians must wear a face covering when they leave home, no matter where they live.

People in Australia must stay at least 1.5 metres away from others. Check your state’s restrictions on gathering limits.

If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, stay home and arrange a test by calling your doctor or contact the Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080. News and information is available in 63 languages at

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