Antartica © James Morris
Antartica © James Morris

Antartica © James Morris

During the lockdown conditions due to coronavirus pandemic, we are introduced to new types of events organised on the internet. No kind of event will replace the joy of meeting with friends at a professional or entertainment event with a few pints afterwards, but the digital events have their advantages that can’t be ignored. You avoid the rush hour traffic, attend the event at the comfort of your home even with your pyjamas and engage more easily by means of digital tools.

Zoomed In was such a new virtual design festival celebrating architecture and photography, founded by Luke O’Donovan. It was part of the Dezeen’s Virtual Design Festival, a collection of online events. Running live from 21 April to 24 April, the festival brought together an international selection of architectural photographers and cross-disciplinary creatives in a series of online talks and discussions, short film screenings, image galleries and a charity print sale in aid of the Trussell Trust.

The programme was curated by VIEW Pictures, Mass. Collective, Laura Mark and Francisco Ibañez with Luke O’Donovan.

During Corona lockdown conditions, there might have been other online festivals on photography but Zoomed In digital festival is unique and to my knowledge first of its kind that focuses solely on architectural photography. It is very well organised with well-crafted discussions and screenings. I hope this festival of architectural photography will continue in further years, either online or better in a venue near a nice pub.