It’s corona time and it’s probably the saddest, scariest time ever. The future is uncertain, people are losing jobs, loved ones, even their sanity. It’s rough. I don’t care how many free online courses or dance parties there are out there, the reality of this all is that it’s really rough. And being a small business offering a non-essential service, well, times are getting hard. Weddings postponed, communions, graduations, maternity sessions- postponed.
But I’m hanging in there. And as an artist, now’s the time to connect with you all to give you something. Wether it’s a glimmer of hope, a few minutes of distraction, or a simple memory to look back at. When I learned about the #frontporchproject I thought it was such a nice idea. I thought, maybe I should do it. But then this idea that was itching in the back of my mind, that I wasn’t sure if it was appropriate or not, kept nagging at me. “Create me!”
See, when I get a vision, it just does not know how to be quiet. So my vision was to photograph couples and families masked. And I got this inspiration from old photos from the Spanish Flu era. I thought, how cool would it be to create something of the sort that people could look back on and pass on to their grandchildren? I know I surely would want to have such keepsakes in my picture box. And so it began.
As everyone was being sent to work from home, my husband’s job was all over the place. Unsure of how to handle the situation. The company was unprepared for a pandemic as many others surely were. But then he got a phone call one evening with the sad news that two people were infected. So he was instructed to work from home. Although these two did not work on the same floor as he did, we decided to be safe. We slept and stayed in separate rooms for 14 days. He used the bathroom downstairs, I constantly disinfected everything. It was a bit nerve-racking but thankfully, everyone was ok.
We got a lovely day- maybe 65 degrees- and so I made some face masks and we headed out to the backyard. It had been 14 (or more) days since we even stood next to each other. I set up the shot and had my daughter help us capture it. Then, I posted it to Instagram to see how people would react. Seconds later, people messaged me saying how cool it was and others commented. The feedback was pretty good. So I decided to ask close clients and friends if they wanted to participate. I’ll be publishing these on my Instagram little by little. Here are my first few.
I hope to photograph at least 15 couples and families to add to my collection. If this interests you and you’re local to me, reach out and I’ll send you the details. I cannot wait for this all to pass so that I can work with you all again and help you continue to create memories. But for now, I hope my work inspires you to stay inside, protect your family, and stay #jerseystrong.