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In the first, national lockdown, Australians were all in this together, making sourdough and learning Spanish.

Now, as Melbourne goes it alone, some of us are still making sourdough, but the Spanish is less cómo está?, more terminado, and we are so alone. We’re not in this together anymore.

Portrait photographer Jude van Daalen and her next-door neighbour, journalist Belinda Jackson, have teamed up to create Together Apart: Life in Lockdown, stories of life from Melbourne’s western suburbs during the global pandemic.

What started as a Facebook conversation has evolved into a beautiful, black-and-white coffee table book featuring portraits of people in their neighbourhood: the lollypop lady waiting for the children who never come, the woman infected by the virus, families separated by borders, children who’ve spent six months being schooled from home. Each shares their story, from the pivoters and the procrastinators.

Photographed, written and printed in Melbourne, Together Apart tells the stories of 60 individuals, families and businesses.

“I’ve designed this book to become an heirloom about this time, and a reminder of the truths we have discovered during our lockdowns,” says Jude van Daalen, who devised the initial concept back in March 2020, as the pandemic began its global devastation.


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Thank you to everyone who has contributed to my project to capture this unique time in our lives.

 I would like to offer the pre-sale of this beautiful coffee table book that captures the stories of the people and businesses in our community, sharing stories about how their lives have changed – literally overnight – with the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic.

I had the privilege of capturing this time and I would like you to be one of the first to read this book, at a discounted price.

I’ve designed this book to become an heirloom about this time, and a reminder of the truths we have discovered during our lockdowns.
Why not order a copy to hold onto your memories?

The Headstanders

Coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemic, quarantine, 2020, isolation – these are words that will sit with us forever now in a way that stirs up emotion. 

The whole world stopped.

For those of us who were lucky enough to stay well, and not lose loved ones – there was a collective breathing out, followed by revaluation of priorities in life. The world changed. Those who lived it will be stirred by the words; but images and stories remind us of just how different everything became virtually overnight.

Our grandparents tell stories of hardship, and the differences in today’s world to theirs – and yet we have so few images to bring those stories to life. I am so grateful to have this gorgeous historical reminder to reflect on myself and to pass down to future generations so they too can have the opportunity to really explore how life changed for the world in 2020.

It is a privilege and joy that Jude van Daalen captured my memories, my story, and my beautiful boys to be part of this amazing collection. All of the images and stories though will remind you of your own journey in 2020, in different ways.

Life will go back to normal – a new improved normal. This book is a glorious reminder of why.



1 FOR $69


Together Apart: Life in Lockdown

$79 $69

Together Apart is a coffee table book about life in lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic in Melbourne’s west.

This order is a pre-order, you’ll be notified by email, once your book is ready for pick up or to be shipped.

The discounted pre-order price is available only for a limited time.

Every pre-ordered book includes a gift certificate for $100 off your session fee for a portrait experience with The Melbourne Portrait Studio.

Available on backorder

Jude’s idea for her “Life in Lockdown” project was fantastic and having her document my daughter and my time in isolation was very special for us.

Jude’s photos are spectacular and tell each story perfectly. Having this beautiful book portraying so many amazing stories during this crazy time will be treasured for a long time.

Thank you Jude!




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Jude van Daalen

Author Biography

Jude van Daalen


Jude van Daalen is a portrait photographer working from her studio in Altona, in Melbourne’s western suburbs. She has over 15 years’ experience telling stories through photography, translating those experiences into gallery-style artwork, and has established her art brand, Van Jude. She originates from Utrecht in the Netherlands, where she also had a thriving photography studio. She began her Life in Self-Isolation (LiSI) project in March 2020, to maintain connection and increase morale within her local community,

Belle Jackson

Author Biography

Belle Jackson


The project’s text is edited by journalist Belle Jackson, who has worked as a features writer, finance journalist and currently specialises in travel. When the world is not shut down, she is a columnist for The Age/Sydney Morning Herald’s Traveller section,

Each book has a page for you to add your own story, making it a personalised heirloom for your family to write its own, unique story.

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