Benjamin Von Wong is known for his adventurous photo shoots which have taken him all over the world. With the lockdown order in place, he couldn’t even go out much, let alone travel. But that doesn’t mean he didn’t create adventurous photo shoot, with his pregnant sister and her husband as models. With some fruit and veggies, help from his family, and lots of imagination, Ben created a series of photos that will definitely put a smile on your face and remind you that everything is possible with some imagination.
On 15 May, police officers in Meqheleng, South Africa reportedly beat photographer Paul Nthoba. He was photographing them for a local newspaper while they were enforcing the coronavirus lockdown. However, they allegedly attacked him verbally at first, and later physically – multiple times.
A wedding photographer from New Jersey was recently charged with violating the coronavirus emergency orders. He was photographing a backyard ceremony with a family of six, and he is now facing up to $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail.
While staying at home, many photographers turned their houses and flats into studios. In fact, some of them even turned them into cameras! Brazilian photographer Bruno Alencastro turned the “camera obscura room” concept into a fantastic collaborative project. He teamed up with other photographers, and each of them turned their home into a camera obscura. They took some fantastic shots showing the “upside-down reality” that we live in and telling their own stories about these days of isolation.
The COVID-19 pandemic has left many creatives without work and income. Sadly, this means that some of them even had to sell a part of their gear to make a living until the crisis is over. It’s bitter to think about it, but filmmaker Jeff Hartman decided to fight the bitterness with humor (my kind of person). He created a short film that shows you alternatives uses of your gear if you’re out of work during the pandemic. And it’s one of the funniest videos I’ve seen ever since this coronavirus crisis started.
A couple of weeks ago, I stumbled across a video on Facebook by the people at Campus Univers Cascades in France, an educational centre specialised in training stunt techniques for cinema and TV. It shows a bunch of stuntmen and women having a virtual fight from their respective homes, and the final result is both brilliant and hilarious.
With most movie and TV sets around the world shut down due to the coronavirus, it’s a great and fun way for them to keep showing off their talents. But this isn’t the only one! It seems that the #cucchallenge is taking off in a big way, with even Hollywood actors getting in on the action!
Olesia Suspitsina (31) from Kazakhstan recently celebrated the end of the coronavirus lockdown with a hike. She climbed a cliff and asked her friend to take a photo of her, but sadly, the posing ended fatally. She slipped and fell off the cliff, plummeting straight to her death.
I wanted to try and capture what it’s like being in lockdown at home during this pandemic. My son is a ballet dancer and so is, of course, missing all his classes at the moment. He’s been practising at home with videos from his teachers.
As I was watching him practise, I wondered whether I could do a shoot with him, dancing around the house. He’s always moving. Whether it’s dancing on the edge of my bed frame, on one leg, or cartwheeling across the lounge. We did a shoot together a few days ago and I thought it might be useful to share how we went about it and to help anyone that is thinking of doing their own lockdown photoshoot at home.
I believe we all miss traveling at this point, considering that I’ve seen many people share photos from their last year’s vacations. But when an Australian couple recently did the same, it cost them a big, fat fine. They were mistakenly reported for violating the lockdown and reportedly ordered to pay $3,000 AUD (almost $2,000 USD).