Quarantine Photography

Under the Covid-19 Dome. ©Alina Oswald

Photography ideas to help (some of) us get through the COVID-19 quarantine and ready for a post-pandemic world

Now that vaccinations are happening, some of us dare to begin feeling hopeful, yet again. As life goes on, we soon discover a new and better kind of “normal,” and maybe a better quality of life, overall.

And yet….

Slipping Through My Fingers. Hand self-portrait in black and white. ©Alina Oswald.
Slipping Through My Fingers. Hand self-portrait in black and white. ©Alina Oswald.

For those of us photographing people in a pre-COVID world, last year was brutal. But many attempted to adjust. When photographing people was not possible, many photographers started to:

  • photograph product (including food and jewelry)
  • work on personal projects
  • take…make self-portraits
  • organize image folders, and while at it, rediscover long-forgotten images and the stories they tell
  • use some of those images to design family albums and other books
  • upload some of them to stock photography sites, storefront sites, blogs, and website, or use them in (photo) book projects
  • work on photo portfolios (including writing related artist statements and bios)
  • sort out photo gear
  • experiment with gear
  • * and, when photographing people again, first, make sure the price is right (and that it includes the still-lingering risk of contracting coronavirus), wear masks, and use zoom/telephoto lenses to be able to keep a safe distance from the subject, while capturing close-up shots
"Express Yourself" a self-portrait from a series of b&n hand portraits and self-portraits, Talk with Your Hands, which explores the role of gesture in communication and self-expression, in a world pre- and post-Coronavirus. ©Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Express Yourself” a self-portrait from a series of b&n hand portraits and self-portraits, Talk with Your Hands, which explores the role of gesture in communication and self-expression, in a world pre- and post-Coronavirus. ©Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

Stay safe, and, as always, thanks for stopping by,

Alina Oswald

2 thoughts on “Quarantine Photography

  1. Must be hard for many photographers to keep the income flowing though. I really feel for those in difficult financial situations.

    On the other hand, photographers, like many in the creative arts, can probably ‘think outside the box’ and be more resourceful. Many have worked at other jobs when times are lean.

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    1. Agree, one needs to do whatever it takes, but during these (quasi) quarantine times it’s difficult to find anything, really. It’s been rough, to say the least, and mostly for creatives, and also for teachers. And I’m both…. Under these recent circumstances, we do need to be able to think outside the box. And I do believe that creatives, in particular, are more prone to thinking outside the box, experimenting with even more off-the-wall, ‘ungodly’ ideas, if need be, lol! But one needs hope and mental energy (if there is such a thing) to be able to try out new stuff, and that’s not in abundance these days. Overall, this pandemic has taken a toll, in more ways than one. And I think a lot of people will proceed with caution even after COVID is over.

      Thank you for your note and ongoing support. I really appreciate it. Hope all is well.

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