As March came and went quicker than most months, things were looking bleak for anyone in the work-for-hire field. With publications and online resources questioning what their approach would be in the coming months, there was a lot of initial uncertainty. A month and a half later there’s still a decent amount of truth to the unknown dictating what we’re all doing, and will be doing.
Something unexpected came out of this uncertain stretch of time; our county paper reached out asking if I would be interested in doing some photo work for them. Now, I’m not stupid, so of course I went for it. Over the last 3-4 weeks I’ve been doing assignments here and there, sometimes stacked all in one day or some weeks are more spread out but still rather fast paced. The most amazing factor of my time with them so far is my general ability of freedom to create. As someone who prefers film to digital, I’m able to stick to that medium and even be a part of the push for a resurgence in film on a wide-scale. Granted, there are several other photographers still working with film and some that never left film at all; to them I say kudos and continue making strides.
As the situation is with many rural counties and towns across the U.S. and world, the economic impact due to Covid is quite severe here. Many business, small or large, are reporting drops of 60-85% in business. Food pantries are receiving less financial assistance and donations as priorities for families shift away from giving and move towards self-preservation and survival. So, all-in-all were watching one of the most advanced countries in the world become financially crippled in a matter of weeks. However, with all that’s going on and my relatively new position at a paper, we thought it necessary to document the strife of business owners and employees in the county.
Below I’ll include a few of those I’ve covered thus far. I plan on documenting as many people as possible over the following weeks and months so at some point I do plan on incorporated every image into either some form of a Zine or Photo-essay. Stay safe everyone, and continue to look forward in these uncertain times, there’s always a next step.