A Year in Review
A Year in Review is photo-documentary exhibition of Maryland artists as they record the events of the past year and how they have effected the world and their lives.
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This tour was created by Donovan Eaton Photography. Check out more of his work here.
Since the COVID outbreak, I’ve found myself returning to mindfulness practices as a way to stay grounded during these times. Contemplative interaction with nature has been a part of my artistic practice for about the past 12 years. Since the 2020 lockdown, I’ve made it a point to get outdoors into nature daily for exercise, to get the kids away from their screens, and for walking meditation. These photos come from this contemplative photographic practice. Moved by daily memories on social media and a family calendar from before and during the pandemic, the images are arranged in calendar layout with these moments from the past two years in dialogue.
This selection of images were taking mostly in the spring of 2020, when the start of the Coronavirus Pandemic essentially shut down the world. for myself, a mother to two young boys and a small business I run out of my home, it was a stressful, anxiety producing time. I was all of a sudden a preschool teacher, a 2nd grade teacher, a nurse, an entertainer, a barber, a playmate and that’s all on top of the usual duties (cooking, cleaning, running a business, etc.). These images capture our very busy world at home and sometimes out and about. Everyone’s struggles varied during the pandemic, but these images represent our personal journey, observations of our world, and finding the small (and big) wins to celebrate in a completely different light. Things like securing toilet paper after waiting on line for an hour in Costco, or finding a mud pile to entertain the kids for hours on end, or successfully cutting everyone’s hair for the first time. I hope you enjoy our view from our corner of the world.
Since 2018 I have been photographing people in their environment. I will leave my house with a camera and one or two lenses with no particular preconceived ideas and I start walking, either near my home or I'll jump on public transportation with maybe one or two destinations in mind.
I usually leave my camera on my shoulder, if I see someone interesting I'll start a rapport, compliment them on their choice of clothing, their car or whatever, I'll ask to take their portrait, afterwards I will get their phone number and I'll either text or email a copy to them later.
I've realized that everyone has a story, and once you build a quick rapport they usually volunteer their story with great enthusiasm, some of these people I still keep in touch with.
Behind each portrait I've made in this style, there is a story and my goal is hear their story and to show the viewer their story with each portrait.
This group of images represents work that I shot in April and May of 2020. The pandemic was in full swing with New York City reaching 10,000 deaths by the middle of April. We now understood that this was going to be serious, maybe beyond our control, but that was about all we knew. Maryland was bracing for the onslaught. I was hired to document preparations by two different healthcare clients in the state, photographing professionals doing their everyday work. These were not intended to be portrait shoots – I was there just to capture the moment.
Each of these images was spontaneous. I simply asked each person to stop what they were doing and look straight into the camera. What drew me in was a look that I had never before witnessed from healthcare workers in a professional setting. Healthcare workers need to show us that they are confident in their ability to help us; their confidence reassures us and helps us be at ease. Covid, however, introduced vulnerability. No one knew whether or not their preparations would be adequate, whether or not they themselves would be infected, whether or not they would take the disease home to loved ones. By moving in close, obscuring their surroundings and asking them to face me, expressionless, it allowed the camera to move beyond the PPE: to strip out everything but that deep uncertainty.
These photos are about people and their emotions during the pandemic.
These pictures are about how much we need each other.
Not in a hand-in-hand way or a we-will-get-through-this kind of way.
Just that we need to be close to each other.
I see intimacy in these photos.
I didn’t ask people to get close or pose in any way.
I approached people as a documentary photographer.
I let my curiosity and my empathy and my eye take it from there.
I went into each shoot and each street photo with the same curiosity: what are people feeling today?