Like the rest of us, Shutterstock staff photographer Stephen Lovekin socialized away from his family and attempted to navigate this new normal that caused the rapid spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19). With families seated at home in his Ditmas Park neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, Stephen took his love of portraits to a level appropriate to this scary and isolating period. His goal? To show the feelings of these people, all the messages they want to share with the world, and hopefully give some hope in this unprecedented time.
“As a photographer, I’ve always loved portrait photos – a process that allows for a connection between photographer, subject and viewer,” Stephen POPSUGAR said in an email, adding that he felt compelled to document his neighborhood once. spreading COVID-19 brought everyone into self-isolation. His most recent topics can be found on social media, and Stephen, who protects himself by wearing a mask and gloves, takes the photos at least 12 meters away. “The subjects greet me at their door while I’m on the sidewalk or through a window … We choose a window and it takes a few minutes,” he added.
‘When I started the project, I hadn’t quite accepted the idea of photographing everyone behind a window. Some people would get on their porches or sidewalks, but for some reason that just didn’t feel right to me, ”he said. “As the project started to evolve, the idea of the window started to make more sense. The window is something we look forward to the world. Something that literally frames how people can look at us and how we look at the world. Something that we don’t normally enter or leave. “
“I hope that in this time of chaos and uncertainty, this project will help people feel more connected, even though we are all literally separated.”
The project, which Stephen started in mid-March, has already received a more positive response on his social media than on all his previous work.
“My plan is to make it an ongoing project as long as I can do it safely,” he said. “I hope that in this time of chaos and uncertainty, this project will help people feel more connected to the outside world, even though we have all been literally separated for an unknown time. If we keep communicating and connecting with people to us around us in a direct, honest and positive way [we] can get through this together. It won’t be easy, but nothing is worth it. Stay safe and stay at home! And as my own children’s board said, “We’ll be together soon.” ‘
Check out some of Stephen’s beautiful portraits below.