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What was life like during the COVID-19 pandemic?  

Some day someone may ask you that.  I think it’s worth people recognizing that we are living in history through this unique moment. Now is a good time to make a record of what you’re doing, to create some records that you leave to the generations that follow us. Both pictures and written word can be used to document this time.  We are living during a historic time and creating history at the same time.  Your kids will remember that things were “different”.   It is very important to document life during COVID-19 to capture history.  With so many pictures stored on cell phones, this may be something lost forever if we don’t take steps to record this time.  I’m using documentary photography to capture this moment in history.  

Years down the road, a student will want to write a paper about what it was like living in during Coronavirus. History should be recorded, so I urge all of you to take the time to record your life during this time.  Where are they going to get the material if we don’t? 

What to document 

Everyday Life

  • People wearing masks, but not just people wearing masks
  • Places that you normally go that now have empty parking lots
  • People getting take out
  • Empty grocery store shelves
  • Curbside pickup
  • Keep a journal of what has changed, what you are doing, what you are feeling

Family time

  • Game nights
  • Play dates
  • Zoom calls
  • Kids doing school work
  • Kids in PJ’s doing school work
  • Home schooling
  • Capture pictures of the computer lessons your kids are doing

Written documentation

  • Keep a journal or diary
  • Have your kids keep a journal and write about what they do each day

How to store your documentation

Nothing lasts forever.  Digital image can disappear far too easily.  People lose their most important photos every day when hard drives fail, when smartphones and laptops are stolen or natural disasters occur.  

Documentary photography 

Many take pictures with their cell phones now.  But 50 years from now those cell phone pictures will be long gone if you don’t back them up.  Store them somewhere accessible and permanent.  Or better yet, PRINT THEM!

  • Have more than one copy of each photo
  • Store in more than one place

I hope you will assist in documenting history during COVID-19 by documenting your own life either written or through photography.   I’m starting some of my own documentation through pictures.

 

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Debbi Marquette Photography is located in Upstate New York at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains.  Debbi is  an award winning and published  travel, landscape and bald eagle photographer specializing in artistic, authentic, and memorable landscape and wildlife photography.   She travels frequently, lives near the mountains and constantly has a camera in her hand to capture photographs so others can see the beauty of our world.

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