The understanding of Photography in today’s time of a Pandemic and semi-isolation has placed an important emphasis on the mind seeing daily life with a dose of an uncertain future. Photography has branched off into being a visual prism that sizes up the uniqueness of the most basic and complexities of life, visually.
Before this Pandemic, we as a society were documenting everything under the sun and moon; however, this Pandemic has made the appreciation for having a camera in the first place, humbling, connective, communicative and healing.
Somehow, the disposable reaction that comes with taking and seeing so many photographs via the Internet had us in a zone where everyone had a camera of some kind. Yet, in today’s visual climate, the camera has become a form of therapy, an offset to communicating to one another.
Pandemic Era Photography has an instrumental significance with being a visual dictionary with expressing the definitions of what we want to say during a time where we are sensing some form of normalcy, yet cautiously living.
Photography has welcomed self-studying, finding the teacher within each one of us, to be present in a classroom about life’s lessons. Some photographs which we keep for ourselves are a lesson planner that reminds us of our past. It is a past without masks, vaccines, virtual schooling, businesses falling apart and the politics that hovers over a Pandemic.
If there is to be any sort of a symbolic olive branch for what we had before a global Pandemic to what we are experiencing right now with a pace of not knowing what the future holds – that olive branch would be that we are able to see for ourselves.
Seeing for ourselves does not just recline comfortably with studying selfies or self-portraits: seeing for ourselves has a roomful of lives, thoughts and experiences from other people taking photographs with the guidance of visually healing by seeing a light of optimism inside of the center of this 21st century fog.
As distant as social-media has made us, and as high-tech as text messages presiding over phone calls have influenced humans to put off hearing one another’s voice, somehow, Photography has kept us active in seeing, even when we are too busy to listen.
Despite us currently not knowing of an ideal solution for to this Pandemic, we as a society appear to want to see the Moments that the camera prescribes to the visual health of a healing ongoing society.