Reflecting on Self, Creative Work and Life in a Time of Coronavirus

…and any extreme situation we might find ourselves in, for that matter

As individuals we often find ourselves having to face many kinds of extreme situations–man-made or nature-made. Oftentimes, these extreme situations change our lives and our views on life.

So, how about today, in a time of Coronavirus?

COVID-19 has forced many of us–on a collective and individual level–to pause, to take time out. In particular on an individual level, the virus has given many of us the courage to use this time for self-reflection, for reassessing priorities in our lives and our work.

Hands. Not Touching. Photo by Alina Oswald.
Hands not Touching. B&W Hand Portrait by Alina Oswald.

On the other hand and, again, as it often happens in these kinds of extreme situations, as creatives, we might also find inspiration in the Coronavirus pandemic. We might find a sense of duty and a desire to capture it, as we see it, as we experience it and as it affects our lives and the lives of our loved ones. In the process, our individual stories may become part of a collective story documenting the Coronavirus pandemic for posterity. While the Covid-19 story has just started to unfold, I wonder what would it say, in the end, about this particular pandemic, and about us, facing this pandemic?

Hands - Self-Portraits in Black-and-White. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Hands – Self-Portraits in Black-and-White. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

I hope this finds you all well. Stay safe and healthy out there, and, as always, thanks for stopping by!

Alina Oswald

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