Apple has just been granted a patent perfect for the current global situation. The company has patented software that would allow you to take group selfies even if you’re not in the group. In other words: you’ll be able to take a selfie with your friends remotely, while keeping the social distance.
With coronavirus lockdowns and isolations, everyone works with what they’ve got and improvise to the max. Robert Pattison and GQ did it too for the June/July issue of this fashion magazine. While self-isolating in London, Pattison shot his own self-portraits for GQ, both for the cover and spread. And considering the circumstances, the results aren’t bad at all.
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.
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.
Due to the social distancing measures, magazine cover photo shoots can’t take place as they normally would. So, supermodel Naomi Campbell and ESSENCE magazine decided to improvise. While isolating at her home, Campbell did her own hair, makeup, and styling. Then she took her iPhone and made some self-portraits for the May/June cover of the magazine.
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.
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.
This period isn’t easy for anyone. Professional photographers are struggling with the implications of being on lockdown and suddenly having to stop all work from one day to the next. Hobbyist photographers may be in a similar situation with jobs, children and household duties all being juggled in an unprecedented dance that is completely new and unknown. Learning new techniques may be the furthest thing from your mind.
But what if we embraced this crazy, blurry, out-of-focus time and created something that perfectly reflects how we feel right now?
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love the ideas people come up with in isolation. Video director Valentina Vee is staying at home with her roommate Elizabeth, who recently had her birthday. Since they can’t throw a party, they threw the next best thing – a photo shoot. Valentina shot an epic “quarantine birthday” portrait of Elizabeth and turned it into a cinemagraph. She also shared a BTS video, and it looks like they had tons of fun. You can take a peek at how they created it, and also learn how to do it yourself.
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.