63 days. That’s how long it has been since I’ve eaten in a restaurant, visited a friend, had a haircut, worked for a client, boarded a plane, gone to a movie, or sat and wrote in my favourite coffee shop.
… just 63 days.
The world has changed a lot in that time frame though, hasn’t it? We’ve been fortunate here in British Columbia, with a combination of strong leadership / good citizenship / and luck helping us avoid much of the tragedy that COVID-19 has brought to other parts of the world.
During the early days of the lockdown I decided to relax and allow myself the space to just “be”. It has been a strangely peaceful time, focused on family and artistic endeavours, but also one that has been largely recuperative physically, mentally, and creatively. I have watched from afar, as an artist but also as a veteran health care worker, while heroic efforts were made by frontline workers, while armchair quarterbacks diminished those efforts through their cynicism, and while humanity showed its endless capacity for compassion and caring. I have watched artists produce amazing new bodies of work, musicians play from their balconies to boost the morale of the people around them, and everyone come together nightly to show thanks for those who still work on the frontlines. This is a time for the history books… that is for sure.
And now I find myself thinking about what life will look like moving forward. What will I return to and continue doing? What will I chose not to bring back into my life? What am I the most excited about? How can I best serve my family / friends / clients?
The world has changed, but I can’t help but feel optimistic that this pause is also an opportunity to shape our lives just a little bit… to give thought to what we want and to what we need to do moving forward. They say that every cloud has a silver lining…. perhaps that is also the case here.
Photography never completely goes away though, right? During the COVID-19 lockdown many of my Official Fujifilm X Photographer peers, myself included, produced videos for the Fujifilm community. My video focused on how I approach shooting on the street, both philosophically and compositionally. You can view the video on YouTube by clicking the image above.
Fujifilm Canada and I also continued our working relationship with the 2020 renewal of my status as an Official Fujifilm X Photographer. Collaborating with this incredible company changed my life, both personally and professionally, so I am excited to continue supporting them and the artists who use their cameras.
In closing: I hope that you and your families are all doing well, and that we see each other out there very soon. In celebration of my 2020 renewal, but also just in celebration of “life”, I’d like to end this post with a selection of my Fujifilm images. This selection is varied, including some street photography, portraits, wedding photos, and cityscapes / landscapes that I have made with the Fujifilm X series over the years. Some of these images go all the way back to the original Fujifilm FinePix X100!
Be safe everyone. Talk soon.