The outbreak and spread of Covid-19 in the whole world continues to apply limitations in everyone’s life. The pandemic forced us to stop and think if the limitations deprive the photographers from reconsidering or finding stories, or give the opportunity of that. Extraordinary emergency state is a dilemma for us — photographers. Shall we come out and try to photograph what’s going on outside, or direct our eyes inward, toward our private space?
Several photographers share here their self-isolation as an experience in the group photography diary of “4Plus”.
To count the days, the hours, the steps taken in the room, then the embroidered shadows of the curtains, the sliding clouds, the lights in the windows. To stop like the time has stopped in the universe, to look inward, to gaze outward, to turn the emotions into images, the images into photos, to look at them, to miss the smell of the city, the movement, the people, to count the survived ones, then the ones who died and who recovered, to drawn the anxiety in mint tea, to turn the numbers into food, to read, write, eat, wash, then again to read, write, eat, wash… in short to learn to wait. Sona Adamyan
In the anxiety and global uncertainty of the pandemic I myself become certain against my inner intentions, choices, escapes, fears. I begin to see, think such things, that I wouldn’t see in everyday rushing in the past. It’s a time for reconsidering things, at least for me…
In the first photograph my wife is at home, in isolation, after checking the statistics of the diseased and dead during the world pandemic.
In the second photograph it’s our hallway, usually noisy and crowded, while strangely empty in these days of isolation. Vaghinak Ghazaryan
No matter how much I had heard and seen things about pandemics from afar, I would never imagine I would see and feel it so close. The unrestful calmness of doctors. In reality you understand how dangerous it is. But even if something happens, you will be in good hands. The first photograph is from Nork Infection Clinic, the second is from Nork Orthopedic. Karapet Sahakyan
The feeling of self gradually blurred during these days of isolation. The immediate process of identifying myself becomes more and more slow. I have unconsciously tried to photograph that unclear feeling hoping to find myself. Tatev Hakobyan