One Sunday evening while the kids were sleeping, I was playing around with editing the above image. I then had an idea, and ran with it. My 10-year-old daughter Emma, has daily journal writing to complete for her school work. When she woke up the next morning I showed her the image and asked her to imagine that she could go back in time and talk to herself before the pandemic. I asked her to write what life is like now. Emma has always been an incredible writer, and continues to have a vivid imagination. This is her story:
Now just for the record, I can do grade 5 math. I just can’t wrap my brain around the way she does it.
Since March 15 , 2020, schools turned to online learning. As a grade one teacher, this affected me tremendously; not even taking into consideration how it has as a mother. Now I work from home for the most part, and set my kids up to work on their daily lessons.
All parks have closed, most stores have closed, and there are stay at home orders in place. Where we live it is still “Winter”. Last week we actually got more snow! My family seems to be doing well with having to stay at home. I am the one that is having the most difficult time with it so far. You see, I fell and broke my elbow pretty badly and was in a cast for 9 and a half weeks. I am left handed, and of course it was my left arm. I was stuck at home for months and unable to drive. I had just finally gotten back to work and back to a normal routine for only two weeks, and then suddenly the world changed.
I’m sure like many of you are experiencing, my motivation to shoot has taken a fiery nosedive. I find it very difficult to take pictures inside, and don’t have the best lighting in my house. I live for dramatic skies, and sun flares.
For the last few weekends, I have been forcing myself to pick up my camera, and try to document historical moment in time. To enliven the mundane, and to try new things.
Here are some things I have been doing to try to keep shooting thinking creatively through these trying times.
Forcing myself to get in front of the lens and fight with my camera app has been challenging, but also has helped me creatively.
I am no pro when it comes to composites. This is something new and challenging for me. Don’t look too closely, you’ll see my mistakes haha!
This has been a great way to document us all together to look back on in years to come. I will set the camera up on the tripod and either use the self timer.
Shooting through the window has been fun and challenging as it isn’t something I regularly do. I am learning to embrace the glares, the reflections of the houses and cars across the street, and my reflection getting in the frame.
Whenever my husband or myself has to go on our essential grocery store run, we will grab some flowers. My husband also had a bouquet delivered from a local flower shop last weekend.
Stay home, stay safe, we will get through this!