Brexit has long garnered column inches for its political implications, but what does it mean for love? In early-2018, Studio 1854 commissioned award-winning photographer Laura Pannack to create a series of portraits that explore the angst and myriad emotions experienced by London-based couples who, as a result of Brexit, have been forced to contemplate separation.
Studio 1854 interviewed each couple to better understand the impact of Brexit on their relationship. Seven films were also commissioned, giving viewers an insight into both the couples’ stories and the making of the series. Studio 1854 managed all elements of the commission, including casting, filmmaking and shoot direction.
The commission was created with Affinity Photo, the only fully functioning photo editing software available for iPad. Named Apple’s iPad App of the Year 2017, Affinity Photo for iPad was used by Pannack throughout the four-day shoot to instantly review and develop her creative approach to the project. Pannack’s bold approach to the set design – namely, the manipulation of latex to create a translucent divide which also allowed the couple’s limbs to intertwine – made Affinity Photo for iPad integral to achieving the final portraits.