And other lessons learned from this Covid-19 year
Hindsight might be 20/20, and yet, through the Covid lens, it’s more like 2020. Plagued by multiple, multi-layered crises, this year has provided us with indispensable lessons in and about life, as one of those defining moments that divide our world, our life into a before and an after, presenting us with new perspectives and possibilities.
Just think about it:
Nature desperately needed a break from us, and the Covid-19 quarantines provided just that.
We desperately needed a moment to pause and reflect on our lives, a chance to adjust or right the course of our journeys through life or perhaps a reminder of the reality of life, and the coronavirus pandemic offered us just that.
The pandemic also unveiled the good in some people and the evil in so many others. In time, we might forgive, but not forget who gave a damn and who did not.
Covid has devastated our lives in so many ways and on so many levels. The pandemic has shredded into pieces the hope, courage, desires, livelihoods of so many of us. It has caused suffering and death on each and every layer of our lives. And though throughout this ordeal some of us have called ourselves lucky or luckier than others, none of us will come out of it unharmed. We’re all bruised, mostly mentally, physically, too. Yes, time will heal wounds and bruises, but I bet that more bruises, especially mental ones, will appear in time, too. With the vaccines becoming available, there is light at the end of this coronavirus tunnel, but the end is nowhere in sight, not yet, not for many of us.
Many people have used the challenges of this year to do some good or as sources of inspiration for creative or documentary work. Because of that, future generations will be able to learn about this coronavirus pandemic and what took place during this dark time.
This year I’ve tried to use this blog to tell at least part of my Covid-19 experience. It has helped keeping me quasi sane throughout this year.
I’ve used the time to adjust to the new normal, to ponder upon my life, to regroup and even start working on several projects.
And there was some loss, too, absolute or in certain aspects of life….
Also, this year I’ve been interviewed about photography, in particular photographing the LGBTQ+ community, as well as about pandemic-inspired art and the two pandemics I’ve covered so far (HIV/AIDS and this year coronavirus/Covid-19); and had some of my corona-inspired work included in Covid archives, as well as winning awards.
I used to be quite active on Flickr many years ago, but not anymore…until very recently. I do think it makes sense to revisit it now. I also downloaded the Flickr app to upload, post and then share images from my iPhone and/or iPad. I’ll see how it goes and keep everybody posted.
Until then I wish everybody safe, gentle and kind holidays, a Happy New Year and, as always, many thanks for stopping by!