I began a project doing social distance portraits. I would walk to my friends houses, and snap a portrait of them in or in front of their house from a safe distance. I worked on the project obsessively, and now how hundreds of photos of the New York City underground on lockdown.
This series is currently being compiled for a forthcoming zine. I estimate that there are at least one hundred different homes documented. I shot the series at every chance that I had. In the end, I think the project may have saved my life.
I feel obligated to mention that I did not shoot any photographs indoors/ the models without masks unless the models and myself had quarantined and gotten tested. I followed CDC guidelines to the best of my ability, shooting or not.
I am immunocompromised, and do my best to protect myself and others.
I felt that I needed to practice photography as a form of harm reduction. Like most artists, the pandemic presented limitations to my work that I thought would be impossible to navigate at first. This is a celebration of the photos I was able to take in spite of this years’ circumstances.
More on my experience will be published alongside the Social Distance portrait series.
2 thoughts on “Covid Chronicles, March – December 2020”
noticed your posts since a while are now only viewable with a password not sure if you’re interested in keeping me as a follower but if you are i hope to receive the password that is required 😉
Hi Renate! I usually make a password protected post for about a day so I can have Margaret or a friend proof-read before it is published. The password is now taken off!