A quarantine kind of life

With Belgium going into a lockdown for the COVID-19 virus, I decided to take up another self portrait project. Because why not and also, I cannot help myself. It’s nice to have a creative outlet and I found it a good way to distract myself from the overwhelming amount of news updates regarding the new virus.

I decided to make one self portrait each day of the Belgian lockdown. I started on March 17th and kept the project going for 55 days, until May 10th, as from that date we’re allowed to see (limited numbers of) family members again and all the stores are reopening. I’d like to share with you a small selection of my favourite photos. :)

How are things on your end? Is the lockdown still going strong where you live? Are you doing any creative projects in this strange time?

3 Thoughts on “A quarantine kind of life

  1. Els, your portraits and scene shots are breathtaking. I’m curious about how you take your self-portraits. Could you comment?

    • els vanopstal on May 21, 2020 at 19:37 said:

      Hi Larry, thank you for your comment! :) These days I use a Canon camera and the Canon Camera Connect app on my phone. It lets me see what the camera sees, and focus and shoot from a distance. It’s super handy! Before the app existed I used a remote/ intervalometer and before I had a remote I just used the timer on the camera itself and something to replace me while I focussed manually. Back then it was really labour intensive but with the app it’s gotten a lot easier. :) When I make film self portraits these days I still use the same manual focussing method and a timer. Hope that helps! :)

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