Very good question. Not so good for me. I just moved to Greenville, SC four months ago, and right now Greenville has THE most COVID cases in the entire country!!! I don't know a single soul here, and I live alone.. I moved out of CT because it is so much more affordable in SC, but this pandemic is forbidding me to meet others. I end up sleeping too much and since it is winter now, not feeling very motivated to do photography. It is really tough for me to stay motivated. I try to get out and walk, but other than that I am bored as hell and feel extremely isolated.
Hard to focus on anything, hard to get motivated. Aside from the grocery store, the only human interaction is a few days a week volunteering at a local food bank but at least I'm fortunate enough to be able to volunteer there and don't need to go there to get groceries. PA has some of the highest COVID infection and death rates in the country but hopefully nobody will bring it to the food bank and spread it around. So far, so good!
Most comfortable place is in bed. Isolation is much more challenging than I thought it would be. To go from wandering the country photographing the national parks and similar places to living solo in a cramped apartment is a shock to the system.
Well, sort of what Mike said - except my life continues as it has for the last year with very little about the "pandemic'' bothering me. It has sort of disturbed my travel plans for the last year - but that was because there are some crazy states I had planned on at least passing into. I wear a mask when I go into the hospital for tests or to see the doctor - they provide the mask. Otherwise, I go shopping for groceries at my usual places. I wash my hands and I haven't been hugging or kissing anyone but the wife. I walk a mile + or so every day, work out in the yard as much as I can. And we travel down the back roads of this and surrounding counties to see what there is to take photo's of, dirt roads and a few old dilapidated structures that used to be houses. It is nice to be living in this part of Florida - thank you all. Believe me - I know the virus is real - and it can make you very ill and if you are aged (that's me) or with underlying conditions it can lead to death. But 99.8% or so either have few or no symptoms and continue to live. I have NO plans to let them stick foreign material into my arm/body. It was reported that a "healthy" doctor in Orlando died two weeks after receiving the vaccination. I simply refuse to live in fear when the average life span in the US is 78 - which means I have about a year and a half left to make the average; and the survival rate is better than if I caught the regular flu.
I enjoy solitude and privacy so the pandemic has been a handy excuse to avoid any social events that I might otherwise feel pressured to attend.
My daily life hasn't changed, other than being super careful to take all recommended precautions whenever I go to town. Precautions I take have become routine, however I am enraged by the idiots who refuse to show common decency and respect for their fellow human beings by refusing to wear masks in stores that do not enforce the policy.
I was in a large store yesterday that was short-staffed because so many of their employees are out with Covid. They were infected by customers who refuse to wear masks.
Management is directly responsible because they made the decision to throw their employees under the bus rather than risk pissing off a customer and losing their business. They chose to risk killing their employees instead. That super center has become a super-spreader and the remaining employees are scared. I know because 2 of them told me so, and it was unsolicited.
Of course I'm heartsick over the fact that hundreds of thousands of families are grieving, and that so many died so horribly, and in so many cases it could have been easily prevented.
I am personally heartsick because I don't know how to comfort people I know whose spirits have entered a very dark place due to isolation and fear of the pandemic. I've recently lost 2 of my dearest old friends who didn't die of Covid, but because of Covid, the fear, depression and isolation they endured during the last months of their lives added to their misery.
So yeah, I guess my sorrow over how this is impacting others has affected me deeply but it hasn't affected my need to create. In fact, for the first time in well over a year, I'm getting back into photography and I'm over the moon.
Life had kept me from having any time to pick up a camera, let alone get out and shoot, but that's changed and I'm back to traveling and making new pictures. Taking off again tomorrow to camp and shoot in some of my favorite places, and have longer trips scheduled throughout the year. Will be spending a lot of time on the coast again and going back to my favorite places around Tetons and beyond. Looking forward to much joy in 2021 and so grateful that 2020 is dead and buried.
I'm loving all the covid-19 protections that are shutting down and/or severely limiting social gatherings and removing so many unnecessary time wasting distractions from life.
The virus is a bad thing, but as an introvert 2020 and so far 2021 have been great for me and my creativity. My wife is very social, and always wants to do social things...to which she often drags me along. It always causes friction, and then afterwards I need quiet alone time to recharge. This life of work then home has been so great for me.
As an introvert, I feel like the balance has shifted. I always felt like us introverts were trying to survive in a world that was dominated and manufactured by extroverts. I feel super charged now. I honestly dread the eventuality when things start opening back up.
Sarah - I ask myself that everyday. You have not said how you are doing?
Bill - Oh no! I hope you have a mild case of it!
Diana - I think you were very brave to make that move and to do it during the pandemic - even more so! If you get very bored, message me, I would love to hear about your moving experience. I need to move, but procrastinate - I guess I am not as brave as you. As far as I get - is looking at options all across the country - many of them beautiful properties I can not afford but so much fun to look at! Who doesn't want a home with an indoor pool and sauna? And so I entertain myself and continue to procrastinate!
My mental health is as to be expected - grief and sorrow are unavoidable at this time. And so as Roger brought up in another discussion I try to stay balanced.
Before all this, if you asked me what I might wish for on a personal level, one thing would have been TIME! Now that I have it, or at least more than I ever had, I seem not to know what I should do with it! I do continue to be creative but not always in the expected ways - nor necessarily meaningfully productive. I tend to start a bunch of stuff and have things hanging at the end of the day. I feel a little bit like a kid with no rules. I can do anything I like. Except for the exceptions which are extreme.
I try to keep as positive as I can by embracing the little things when possible. It is the best advice I have.
For me, art-making is the best way to deal with Covid-19 since many places I used to enjoy and visit been closed and I pretty much stay home to make art. As I look back last year was one of my most productive years and I had produced some of my best works. In the last 10 months, I had sold more works online than ever before which help me realized what I do can give someone a lift in this uncertain time. Many simple things gave me joy and inspiration: during the summer I enjoy my gardening, in winter I go for walk after the snow falls while indoor I love to observe my indoor plants grow and bloom.
It has freed more time and money to do the kind of photography I enjoy, without any pressure. It has hampered my live music opportunities quite a but but no eliminated them. I get out every nice day and go to a place to take nature and wildlife photos. I am more willing now to travel over an hour to get there and sometimes stay all day. This week I have no paid work but I have faith something will come up.
I did one trip out of state and mixed up urban and nature photography. It was great! I am making plans to visit places in Florida I have never been to. Maybe even swim in the Springs with the manatees. I am in bucket list mode and not to worried about sales.
I have a page to myself for photos in a local music magazine. They are struggling through this and I am happy to provide them with some upbeat images. It gets me some local recognition and a reason to get out and take photos. Also they will owe me big time with a music review and feature.
I had Covid 19 and gained some degree of immunity so that is no longer an issue. I will eventually get the vaccine too. I may eventually get a somewhat regular job again but I hope I don't need to. I have many companies providing me with a variety of photo assignments and I hope that will continue. I miss my musician friends sometimes., but for the most part life is good. See my recent images and you can see what I have been doing.
The Covid numbers are super high here, so we have been sheltering in place.
My main getaway are fields and meadows (where I take my camera). I have spent entire days with that and don't long for other experiences when I'm in that element.
I don't really need to "see" people either: phone, chat, messaging seems to sate any hunger for social interaction. I kind of like the world at a slower pace, more time to create, more time to read, more time to get my house in order, more alone time to contemplate, less traveling (I find travel quite stressful), but realize that a lot of people don't like what I like and are uncomfortable with so much time alone, or stranded with their partner or family, and their complaints weigh heavy on me. So, it is a catch-22.
Hugely creative, creating every day, all kinds of stuff, mostly good. With no commuting, and general shutdown, focused on competitions, exhibition proposals, study , series of works of all sizes.
I have a black book for the bad stuff, so if things get on top of me it all goes in there, emotions, politics, relationships, fears, hopes, all pandemic related, some of it very abstract. it will probably eventually metamorphise into some deep psychologically significant work, or not.
December/Jan has me busy with commissions, which is good for my headspace.
Kathleen, thanks for the words of wisdom. It is sometimes tough to strike a balance between obligations and feeding one's soul. Pre-covid I said no plenty, the friction comes because my inclination is to say no all the time. I will definitely do much less socializing when it all ends than I did prior, that's for sure!
It sucks and I'm half crazy. Photo wise, I've been trying to do rural, woodsy images, but I'm more of a city guy, so, while I love tall trees and birds, it's a dubious addition to my portfolio. Like Lisa, I have no social life except passing neighbors who act like eye contact will spread disease. I like having a social life. I want to go to New York and walk among the crowds. My favorite small hotel there closed, so that's not an option until I find something else and things open up. Meantime, life in Baltimore goes on somewhat, but the "downtown" experience ain't worth much.
Right now, I'm watching an old noir film, Orson Welles's The Stranger (not the Camus story). It's a cool movie, but I'd rather be out in the world.
I realized today, that I've gotten to where I know which of my masks I'm wearing from the odor of the fabric. That's too fu*kin* weird for me.
Oh wow! Thank you to everyone for your responses! David Bridburg, I have faith in you, go after that composer career like a monkey going after a cupcake. Alessandra RC, I am completely in agreement with you. I hate these masks. I know they are a necessary evil, but I still hate them. Lise Winne, I am so sorry about your friend. James McCormack, I think the book/journal thing is a good idea. There are so many emotions swirling in our heads right now, that you need something to keep track of it all. I think you may use it later. Bill Tomsa, my dear, I am so sorry for your troubles and it is only up from here. Please get better soon!
Val Arie, how am I doing? Well...first off, thank you for asking..COVID has forced me to look within and around myself. I can honestly say that it has changed my outlook on quite a bit and I am fine with it. I am really trying to practice more gratitude and less attitude and it helps immensely. I tell myself that I don't have everything that I want, but I have everything that I need. I completely get the balance thing too and it is a struggle for me.
I had been managing quite well, first shooting macro/still life inside, then getting out at my leisure to photograph the abundance of natural landscapes in NYS, and on occasion, the NYC skyline from the NJ side of the Hudson, but my knee has now blown out (knee replacement on the horizon), and I have been trapped inside and miserable.
I know , many of you are struggling due to the pandemic locldown , isolation and many other triple affect created by this situation.
I am sad and hope this situation will resolved soon and will get back to normal as it could posibly can
- Abbie said, keep this forum a happy place, I for one having the best time in my life.
- Colombia does have Covid19, but very minimal and under control.
The first good think they did was closing all the borders land air and sea in March 20th.
- they did have internal dockdown for long time, now things are open.
- they have time to time curfew to control heavy trafic , mostly with an extra day with a weekend, mostly if there is a festival.
It is to control the parties, as they do know how to party here.lol
- none of these had been affected me yet.
- I am considering this place as my retirement place one day.
I am sorry, but my life is good , I am at this moment sitting and having a beer at one of my favorite bar.
Personally it hasn't affected me very much. I have always been socially distant and done my own thing. Professionally (my real job not my art) it has been a challenge. Got my first dose of the vaccine two days ago and honestly its kicking my butt, I am exhausted. I cant even imagine what getting the real thing is like
I made the mistake of applying for a job at a major hardware store that is considered essential.
This job is eating me alive, the customers are abusive and the management hasn't said anything positive to me. I'm normally scheduled for 7-8 days straight, with 2 days off. I'm usually exhausted and trying to catch up on laundry and chores. My supervisors like to blow up my phone on my days off, and if I don't answer, they chew my out for it. I've recently got myself a new camera. In stolen moments I take pictures of what I can to test out the new features. I honestly got excited like a little kid learning something new when I figured out how to take a non shakey picture of the stars.
Sorry for the wall of text, just needed a good vent.
I'm about as sick of it as I have ever been with anything. I'd be even more stir crazy if there were not some looming vaccine news on the horizon, including some dates. I've waited this long, so I might as well try to stick it out and not do anything stupid.
Sorry Bill Tomsa about your predicament. I hope things get better soon and you can enjoy your plain air painting again soon.
- my situation is I really hope they shut the airports down soon. The land and sea ports are closed, the cases are increasing here.
I also notice the snow birds from the north are coming down. Not a good idea for the locals, as they have no vaccine, no medical coverage, the lockdown killed many businesses already, the hospitals at this time is at there full capacity.
all the viruses came with tourist.
So the locals are not happy with the airport opening.
I am still good as my area only have general lock down but most restaurants and grocery stores are open.
I sure hope the close the airports and keep the tourist out and save there citizen.
Ok, that is my only concern.
Again I would rather be here than anywhere else in the world.
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