Creative Quarantine: Photographer Leon Macapagal

Hancock Building at sunset | © Leon Macapagal

1.  How are you holding up?

I’ve actually been holding up quite well. As much as I miss being able to live life “normally” and do the things I’m so accustomed to doing, I’ve looked at this current situation as a way to challenge myself to remain productive. I do this by maintaining a regular routine which includes exercising, meditating, eating healthy, spending time each day to learn something new, and also giving myself weekly creative challenges that I can focus my energy into. 

London House chicago, sunset | © Leon Macapagal

2. Has covid-19 had an effect on your work? If so, in what way?

No, I don’t think has. If anything, it’s had a positive impact on certain aspects of my photography. For instance, it’s given me plenty of time to go through my archive of photos and catch up on some editing. However, as a photographer who’s primary focus is travel photography, there have been a few setbacks with having to cancel travel plans. With that being said, it’s also allowed me to think of other trips I could take during this time that would not only be safe but also just as rewarding.

Barcelona from above | © Leon Macapagal

3. Is there anything you’ve added to your practice that you’d like to keep after this is over?

My photographic process has remained the same for the most part, except for the addition of practicing social distancing and wearing a face mask when I go out to shoot. I do think I’ll be letting this one go once this is all over… maybe 🙂

U.S. Capitol building | © Leon Macapagal

4: Of the artists you follow, who’s handling this particularly well.

One that stands out is Jordi Koalitic. A super talented and creative Barcelona based photographer that always creates such dynamic looking images from a simple idea utilizing everyday items and unique perspectives.

Brooklyn Bridge | © Leon Macapagal

Napali coast | © Leon Macapagal

Leon Macapagal is a Chicago based photographer and UI designer currently specializing in travel, architecture, and lifestyle/portrait photography. You can see my work be heading over to or by checking me out @imagevain on instagram.