Isolation self portraits
Isolation is not my friend. In fact, it’s one of my biggest nightmares. Some people thrive in isolation. But for me isolation leaves me feeling like the walls are closing in. I know that I’m fortunate for where I am during this period of quarantine. I have a safe apartment in a beautiful neighbourhood. But facing my daily thoughts and emotions in the confines of a 600 square foot space in solitude is overwhelming, to say the least.
When COVID-19 shut down everything in mid-March, I lost all of my upcoming work as a mostly events-based photographer indefinitely. And like the rest of us, I suddenly had to stay within the four walls I call home. The hard stop to life quickly became an emotional roller coaster of good days, bad days, and very bad days.
One of the ways I’ve learned to combat tough emotions through the years is by making art out of my photography. Usually this art featured people and places - but during this time of social distancing, I had been left with no one besides myself as a subject. While it was far out of my comfort zone, I knew I had no choice but to turn the camera on myself to capture what I was experiencing. Through self-portraiture I decided document it all - capturing the good and the bad feelings equally. This is my journey through this highly unusual year so far.