Welcome to my third COVID-19 blog post, this one is all about the recent maker project called “Witness to History”. This project was all about how we can tell stories of the COVID-19 pandemic through photojournalism which brings me to the next thing which is the driving question. The driving question for this project was “How can we, as photojournalists, tell stories of our community during this period of physical distancing”. So for our final project we were asked to create a photo essay that showed aspects of COVID-19 and physical distancing. You can see my final draft below.
To answer this driving question I had to go out and find evidence of how COVID-19 have been impacting my community. So I set out to find some empty field and trails out in my community which showed the change that was triggered by the pandemic. Through my journey I quickly found that it wasn’t hard to find evidence for this. I also used the photos I took to tell a story, the way I ordered the photos I made it so that you would see the progression in the community as it gradually gets worse.
Some of the other work that helped me to complete this project were seeing some other examples of a photo essays. You can find the link to the article here which is the one that gave me the most inspiration, what stood out to me with this photo essay was the empty ness. I have been to Las Vegas and it is packed on the strip all the time but seeing it like this is very eye opening and so that is where I got the inspiration to do empty places as a theme.
My final verdict for this project is that it was interesting to see the impact of the pandemic in our local community and also to see some other things like nice signs and things like that to boost moral.