Life under lockdown is challenging on many levels. The need to express oneself through art, crafts, writing, or other creative outlets—though not nearly as critical as a means of survival compared to food and shelter—is part of our genetic makeup. Our creative efforts help to define who we are, how we think, and how we see the world around us. In times such as these, having the ability to express oneself through one’s craft can act as a coping mechanism for getting through yet another day.
Photography has been a personal coping mechanism, as well as a form of creative expression since I was in my late teens and remains so to this very day. And though I’ve always loved heading off to photograph in places unknown, I find equal satisfaction in finding previously unnoticed picture opportunities within walking distance of my front door.
Photographs © Allan Weitz 2020