Updated: May 29, 2020
Can you please explain your work situation; either work that you’re currently creating, or work that has been affected by COVID-19?
I am a freelance photographer as my job, I generally shoot people - so that of course is all on hold for now. I've been trying to make the best out of being home.
Instead of turning things into a fantasy type image, all of the images I've been making I'm just thinking like ok - I am BORED AT HOME - how do I communicate that with a bit of a sense of humor?
Seeing a lot of work that exists in a kind of made up, magical world, I felt this sharp reaction to it - like now more than ever we need to not make pictures that exist in this fantasy bubble, while I totally understand the temptation, I guess I'm just bored by it? So Did I even answer the question..... focus... HmmmmMMmmmMmmm
How are you currently feeling about the global pause?
In some ways it feels sweet, no? I mean the entire planet decided to pause to protect their neighbours' health - people are really sacrificing a lot by staying inside - so in that sense it's sort of inspiring, no? I suppose it's also maddening that leaders from all over the world handled this so poorly that there's not really a visible path out? I mean I am no expert when it comes to global pandemics - but it does seem like there is some strong evidence that this could have been handled differently.... I DIGRESS
Long term, how do you think this will affect the industry?
I think people in general are going to be a lot more cautious when in big groups - I mean could you imagine being anywhere with more than 10 people and it feeling normal after this?! So maybe there will be less people on set? More hand sanitizer? Hopefully less commercials thanking essential workers, and more paying essential workers a proper wage - YOU FEEL ME.
What are you doing daily to maintain your focus and energy, to continue to create?
OH I'm SO embarrassed to share what my day to day is looking like. I wake up at 10am everyday. I lay in bed and listen to music and get wrapped up in endless research on WHO KNOWS WHAT even on my phone - that ends around 2ish then usually think of things I can photograph in the apartment, play with my drum machine (which is a very new and exciting hobby!) then once i'm bored of that its onto the playstation which I acquired for quarantine - I beat GTA V, half walk through Red Dead Redemption 2, and getting into Call of Duty Modern Warfare.
Then when I'm bored of that me and my girlfriend, Veronica, usually watch TV or a movie - and when she goes to bed it's back to the playstation or the drum machine for me.
TLDR: Focus I have none, energy: endless.
I've also been organizing a remote movie night where someone in the friend group picks a film and we all get in a discord chat to start it at the same time - which has been really fun. Veronica and I host a movie night for our friends every Wednesday night, so I figured this was a way to keep on with it and include friends from all over. SO that's been fun - if anyone reading wants on the email list get in touch!
What don’t you miss about pre-Corona life?
Feeling like I always HAVE to be doing something - don't get me wrong I love the option, but sometimes there's nothin wrong with wanting to sit around and chill at home. NYC makes you feel crazy like that.