1. How are you holding up?
All things considered, I’m doing pretty well. Now that the initial frantic scurry and shock of this whole ordeal has worn off, I’ve managed to acclimate and have gotten the hang of working from home. I miss being able to bounce around the city and my neighborhood with my laptop and work from the many lovely coffee shops. I really miss seeing my friends. I’m cooking a lot more for my wife and myself and am quite enjoying it. It fills the space that was once occupied by working in the darkroom. I gave up chemical-based photography almost ten years ago for health reasons and have always missed the peaceful yet productive time I spent in the darkroom. The kitchen is a nice alternative.
2. Has Covid-19 had an effect on your work? If so, in what way?
It certainly has; I’d been photographing on public transit. I haven’t been on a bus or a train since the middle of March. I was photographing with my mobile and seeing how close I could get to folks in their different “zones” during transit; that is all out the door for the time being.
When this all went down I was building a lot of GIF animations to deal with the stress and anxiety from all of the terrible news I was reading. I’ll only look at the news for under five minutes a day now. I feel much better having made the decision to put a limit on it. I’ve recently found a few spots near my home where I can still safely access the lakefront and photograph. Looking out at the water really puts me in a better place.
3. Is there anything you’ve added to your practice that you’d like to keep after this is over?
Yes, this whole ordeal has obviously forced me to do a lot of things more remotely. I’m realizing that has helped a lot with preserving emotional energy to work on important things that feed my brain. I’ll be using the opportunity to rethink how and where I interact face to face and when and where it isn’t necessary.
4. Of the artists you follow, who’s handling this particularly well?
My good friend Josh Berta is doing a hell of a job with his Covid Book Covers series. I look forward to them every day.
You can find me on Instagram @jordanaschulman. There is a link to an online photo portfolio in my profile.
Jordan Schulman is a photographer, educator, and humorist living in Chicago.