Covid-19 Shadows

Covid-19 Shadows - pano. ©Alina Oswald.

Finding Inspiration Documenting the Coronavirus pandemic

To be honest, I love writing this weekly blog. It gives me something to think about, to plan and put into words and pictures. Sometimes it even gives me ideas of what to blog about “next week.” And so for this week, I’d like to share with you a few images from my brand new work in progress–photographing shadows.

Personally, I love shadows and silhouettes, and the mystery and drama associated with these sorts of images. So, in this new photo project, I decided to explore the idea of shadows…shadows trying to peel themselves away from the darkness that’s been Coronavirus pandemic.

The idea came to me one evening, while I was out on my balcony to join my neighbors in clapping and cheering for Covid-19 first responders. That’s when I’ve noticed the long shadows of people crossing a street.

Covid-19 Shadows. ©Alina Oswald.
Shadows ©AlinaOswald.

Backlit by the light of the setting sun there were people jogging, walking, riding their bikes or walking their dogs. I had my Nikon Z6 with the 24-70mm lens on; hence, I couldn’t zoom in too much. As a result, I ended up having to crop in post, to achieve what I was looking for. [Next time around, I’ll be waiting for the long shadows to appear, armed with my long lens.]

In post, I converted the images to black and white or sepia.

Running away from Covid-19 shadows. ©Alina Oswald.
Shadows ©AlinaOswald.

I believe that it’s important to pay attention to details, to the small things in life. They might become sources of inspiration for interesting stories. I don’t know where my personal photo projects will take me, but intend to find out.

If there is one, a silver lining to this Coronavirus pandemic is that the pandemic has forced us to look at life through a new lens (or at least clean the lens that we were using until now), and discover new possibilities, sources of inspiration, and dare I say…even new hope.

As always, stay safe, and thanks for stopping by,

Alina Oswald

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