Meet the authors: Together Apart, Life in Lockdown

Belinda Jackson

Event Date: 
3 August 2021
Author / Presenters: 
Belinda Jackson & Jude van Daalen

When COVID-19 hit Melbourne harder than a runaway tram, our lives changed – literally overnight.

Photographer Jude van Daalen and editor Belinda Jackson talk about their experience capturing Melbourne's lockdown through 'Together Apart: Life in Lockdown', a beautiful, black-and-white coffee table book featuring 60 interviews and portraits of Melbourne people.

They'll be talking about pivoting from studio work to shooting outdoors from a distance, about what to do when your travel writing career comes crashing around your head, some of their favourite stories and will also answer any of your questions.

Jude is a portrait photographer working from her studio in Melbourne’s west. She has over 15 years’ experience telling stories through photography, translating those experiences into gallery-style artwork, and has established her book imprint and art brand, Van Jude. She originates from Utrecht in the Netherlands, where she also had a thriving photography studio. See

Belinda has worked as a features writer, finance journalist and currently specialises in travel. Originally from Melbourne, she’s visited every continent, and lived in three. Trips of a lifetime, she’s had a few, from playing piano on the sea crossing to Antarctica, hiking through ancient olive groves in Palestine and dancing at Russian nightclubs. When the world is not shut down, she is a columnist for The Age/Sydney Morning Herald’s Traveller section. See