When the pandemic forced us into isolation, many of us had to find new ways to pass the time and new subjects to photograph. Lithuanian photographer Justinas Stonkus is not an exception. When the pandemic hit, he had to find a replacement for his photography gigs without leaving home – and so he did. With his girlfriend and two cats, Justinas recreated famous artworks in a series of brilliant and often funny photos.
Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic began, many nursing homes went into a full lockdown. The elderly folks fall within the most vulnerable group, so many of them are still in isolation. But an employee at Sydmar Lodge Care Home decided to cheer the residents up during lockdown. Robert Speker recreated famous album covers with them to lift their spirits up, and his wholesome project soon got viral.
Sharing photos of your exotic vacation on social networks can be a double-edged sword, especially during the pandemic. For a 23-year-old tourist from New York, posting photos from his trip to Hawaii had him arrested. He reportedly broke the mandatory quarantine, and it was his Instagram photos that gave him away.
When the coronavirus crisis began, people started stocking up on toilet paper. I will never understand why toilet paper, but it appears you can do some quite fun stuff with it if you’re creative enough. Jesse Watson made it a star of his latest timelapse. It’s hilarious, creative, and it proves that you don’t need to break isolation to make something fun and keep the creative juices flowing.
With the coronavirus pandemic, many folks switched to working online. Things like teaching, business meetings and other face-to-face activities have been replaced with video calls. Home has become both home and workplace, and admit it: your wardrobe totally reflects this.
Creative duo The Workmans shows this “fashion crossover” in their latest photo series #COVIDwear. The concept is “Business on the top. Quarantine on the bottom,” and yes, it’s exactly what it sounds. It’s absolutely hilarious, and I’m pretty sure it shows what most of us have been wearing for work for the past few months.
People normally see boredom as something bad, but is it really like that? With his latest project, German photographer Jan von Holleben (previously) shows us that it’s not necessarily the case. When you allow yourself to be bored, great ideas can pop to your head. And perhaps creating mind-bending portraits like this is just the right thing to do. You won’t only end up with photos that people will have to look twice (at least), but you’ll have a lot of fun in the process, too.
Social distancing and self-isolation have pushed most of our social interactions online. We teach, learn, have meetings, and hang out with friends and family… all via video chat. But New York-based photographer Nikola Tamindzic has also found a way to use video chat for photoshoots. His project I am here, and you are where you are is a series of “quarantine portraits.” They were shot all over the world while neither the photographer nor his models left the safety of their homes.
We chatted with Nikola a bit about his project. He told us more about the idea, his shooting process, and how it has helped both him and his models cope with isolation. And of course, he also kindly shared some of the images he’s shot so far.
During these self-isolation days, there have been all sorts of challenges on social media. To be quite honest, most of them annoy the hell out of me, but I have finally found one that I really, really like. Getty Museum in L.A. has recently challenged its followers on Twitter to recreate their favorite artwork at home. The results quickly came coming in, and they’re as funny as it gets.
The coronavirus pandemic has made us wash our hands a gazillion times a day and taught us to (finally) stop touching our faces. But our cameras are in contact with both our faces and our hands. So, it’s important to keep them clean and disinfected, too.
DIYP’s Dave Williams wrote about it in a recent article, and our friends from Lensrentals are sharing a few more tips that you’ll find useful. Other than disinfecting your camera, they also teach you how to do it with your workspace, and make sure to take their advice and keep your gear and space clean.
I made a silly video a few days ago about cleaning your camera for Covid-19. It really was silly – I washed a camera in a sink full of soapy water. It went down well, but there’s a serious message behind it.
We’ve been given the advice to wash our hands for twenty seconds with warm, soapy water, and to not touch our face. What we need to remember as photographers, is that we bring our camera to our face all the time. It’s imperative that we keep our camera clean to prevent the transmission of this disease.