PHOTO ESSAY: MY QUARANTINE
As a recent college graduate, my quarantine experience with the spread of COVID-19 involved a harsh realization of my lasts. The adjustment to life back in my childhood home was hard. Time became irrelevant and my previous life drifted away. The goodbyes the Class of 2020 had planned for; graduation, the final farewells to classmates in May, all had slipped away. This was a time I had waited for all of my life, the time where I found my career after college. With a weakened immune system and various health issues, I needed to stay within my home. I felt my mental health deteriorating and the walls in my house were constantly closing in, contributing to my claustrophobia. To exemplify these feelings of entrapment, I utilized direct light to bring attention to my interpretation of everyday life. I realized that previously simple actions and feelings became incredibly substantial. I included frames highlighting my sister’s involvement with church Zoom services, my father’s work around the house with company furloughs, and my mother’s job at the medical center in my hometown of Dubuque, Iowa. The combination of black and white and contrasted light does not only encase each feeling and story, but references the historical, colorless nature of the time our generation is living in.