Photography and COVID-19
March 19, 2020 • Leave a Comment
Like everyone else, photographers are effected by world events. The arrival of COVID-19 is no exception.
I receive a number of daily photography blog postings. Most of them are offering advice for how a photographer is to survive in the age of COVID-19, with so many people fearful and things closed and much of the world sheltered in place. Suggestions include working on one's portfolio, to cleaning one's office, to taking online educational courses, to doing more online to promote online sales. Another suggestion is to make art that reflects the turmoil.
I find these suggestions interesting, and practical, in some cases, but I have a different view. When everything around you is falling to pieces and craziness is ramping up, perhaps what is needed is a moment of calm, tranquility, and reflection. Peace of mind, even for a a few minutes, is better than fear and irrational behavior, such as hording toilet paper. With this in mind, I have been offering my peeps on Facebook and Instagram daily "Moments of Zen"--photos of mine that are calm, and serene, and seek to promote a tranquil mood or feeling. These are not perfect, and I am sure there a better ways to achieve this, but this is what I have. You can see these images on this website in the gallery entitled "Moments of Zen." I am pleased to report that the response has been very favorable. People have been thanking me profusely and say things like "I really needed that!", "This is so great--Thank you". I am pleased, and glad to do so. I am not a first responder, nor am I a medical professional, or anyone with special survival skills--Just a regular guy who would like to help calm nerves and quiet the agitation. If my photographs are do that for people, then I am happy to oblige.
We as a nation, and as a species, will survive this pandemic. We have done so before. There will be others and we will survive again. We need calm, determination, hardworking, and solidarity. We need to wash our hands and keep our distance. Please do your part and I will do mine.
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