Couldn’t miss out on this one. I am definitely not the only one, but finding myself in such an uncommon situation kind of wakes the creative person in me. I want to document. Document a life that is actually more boring than it normally would be. In these series I’ll be uploading the photos I am shooting at home and tell the stories behind them.
6. Shooting more than ever
I started shooting film in the beginning of 2019 and I have been shooting quite a lot since then. I thought that being locked up at home would give me nice photos in the beginning but that the creativity would fade away over time. Because the inputs aren’t new and the scenery wouldn’t change. However, during the quarantine I have been shooting more film than I have ever done. As I mentioned in my update before I never thought it would work like this but I seem more creative with fewer subjects. So just a note to you, just push yourself and create.
5. My First Self Portraits
I have never taken selfportraits, neither with my digital camera when I still had it. I came across a video on youtube talking about taking self portraits now that we are in quarantine (Watch it here) . You know, I take a lot pictures of my boyfriend, the cats or things in the house. But ideas just don’t come easily. And it can be frustrating. That night I decided to take a bath and take some selfportraits as if I were shooting another person. I thought about how I would want the other person to be captured in the bath and tried to copy that myself. It was very nice to do and I would totally love to do this again. It was so relaxing to be alone, with a wine, thinking only of the photos. I was alone, so all pressure was gone.
4. Capturing stress
This whole pandemic is going to be so different for every person. There are so many depths and turns in it that all the stories are going to be different. Some may remember this as a holiday they always needed, and some as probably the worst moment of their life losing a loved one. I do think that we all experience stress in this situation, but in very different grades and contexts. I can call myself lucky still but I do have experienced some real bad moments, about stupid and small things though. And that is what I wanted to capture with these pictures.
3. Real home
The first photo wasn’t planned at all and I took it as just a joke at first. But it came out very nicely and most of all, it’s very real. I found Manu like this cleaning the kitchen one night, I laughed and jokingly took the photo. The photo gives me a very home kind of feeling, like a memory. And then the picture of my cat Geralt on the bed, gave me sort of the same feeling. I was proud seeing him like this, it’s just a cat but, sometimes these kind of images you’re seeing, the composition, the light and the home you live in makes you happy. And that is what these two photos did for me.
2. Thinking Outside Of The Box
I wouldn’t say these are the photos I am most proud of, but for me it does describe the strength you can have when you need to create. That day I was quite frustrated, I just had lost my job and I had some photoshoots planned which couldn’t go through because of the quarantine. And feeling like quite an experimental beginner in filmphotography, I thought my process of creating would end here. Then I made a turn thinking I had to take a photo anyway, no matter what. It gave me just a simple idea, then another and then another. Just don’t give up, the moment just after not giving up is where the best ideas come from.
1. An ode to the lonely.
With this photoserie I wanted to give a sort of ode to the lonely people. What worried me a lot in the beginning of the quarantine were the people that are living alone, or that are old. I was imagining how they were feeling and it kind of got me. Seeing a very old shaky man in the supermarket with only one product waiting in line, and no one letting him go first, made me think. And when I wanted to let him first a woman with a lot of groceries thought I was asking her. It was like everyone just forgot about this poor man. And for me it seems that this is something disasters – like the corona virus itself – get out of people. Either they get more helpful, or they get more egoistic. There doesn’t seem to be much in between.