Holding on while letting go, this was outdoor photography truly in isolation.
It’s name needs no introduction, we were all somewhere that ill-fated early Spring of 2020.
The volume of my work took on a slightly edgier form of expression at this time, complete with dis-ease and the unsettling fact that everything I thought I knew about the future was not what it seemed.
Like most people, I did not prepare for a global pandemic to occur. I thought the year was solidly planned out and my only task was to execute on those terms. Easy enough I thought..
Instead of attending many social gatherings to network with other artists and having a booth at festivals, I was left with the singular act of what I am here for: photographing.
There was this troubling thought that what I was working on had lost some meaning. Will my photos matter or will any of us survive?
In fact, I recorded an episode of my podcast about this very topic.
With the spare time I had due to the cancellation of most festivals and the closing initially of galleries, I also wrapped up my ‘On Location’ video series during the stay-at-home order despite most people choosing to hike while shops and their workplaces were closed.
The dozen or so episodes were recorded during this time as I made headway on nearing the end of that longterm project.
The world was changing very fast and so my view of the world both before my eyes and the lens followed suit. Nature provided that necessary and temporary respite from current events and the news.
During this time, I truly learned how attuned my eye was to seeing like a lens would. No matter where I went, my vision was that of a photographer’s. As one can imagine this is equally as thrilling as it was maddening.
How did/has the pandemic affect(ed) your life and/or photography? Leave a comment down below and stay tuned for the next post.