Self-Portrait during Covid-19

People from all over the world followed one set of instructions to take a self portrait -- either full body or portrait. Some answered questions about their experience. The below features submissions -- with more being published daily. Everyone is welcome to participate. This project is brought to you by:  Kat Bayard, Mat Sliwa, Kelsey Falter, and Tansy Kaschak.

To access the instructions, please visit here. Calling all submissions.

From left to right: Kat Bayard, Moral Turgeman, Mat Sliwa, Braulio Sotomayor

We often feel frustration with a hint of regret about not enjoying our freedom to the fullest when we had it and we feel determined not to take it for granted when we get it back...

Santiago Morayta, Italy

I panicked for a brief moment,  when it all began....At first, my reaction was to start reading as much as I could about banks, the stock market and stuff like that. But after a while, I understood that I deeply really don't care at all about those things, so the next move was to go within, into myself. 

Paulius Janušonis, Lithuania

It’s been really nice to spend this much time with my husband.  We’re getting to know each other again after 27 years together.

Anjali Lewis, New York
From left to right: Ramona Hallemans, Kate Carnegie, Phan + Chung, Aman Singh

Anna Bloda

To you, what is the most important aspect of living?

Its been always my intention to rise the highlands of my humanity. Now its clear, what really matters. Insanity of situation we all are dealing with reveals the truth of existence in hard core way. We will be force to reevaluate our priorities and human criteria. We are reframing now everything we thought we knew.

Jessica Evans

How do you feel about the reliance on digital communication/technology triggered by this situation?

It is great that digital communication exists, and we are able to still communicate with people outside of the bubble we are currently in however it really makes me appreciate the simplicity of just being able to meet up with someone and have a conversation with them in person. Fully relying on communicating with everyone digitally is actually quite depressing.

Paul Bui

Do you feel like quarantine has given you a new perspective on yourself or the world around you?

It has definitely put so much into perspective. The world as we know it will reset after this, a new balance will be restored and old capitalistic notions of success, like clout, status & fame won't matter so much anymore. In my view, the true measure of success is whether we spent this time, caring and considering those around us, or just looking out for ourselves.

Nat Girsberger

Do you feel like quarantine has given you a new perspective on yourself or the world around you?

We believe that change is the only reliable constant, and that change is being called for with all that's shifted around us. We can no longer go about our days as we have before and we need to move towards being more fully conscious of our decisions and how we affect each other. Some lessons I have previously listed that have been crystalized for me powered by Covid:

-  It's important to remember our own impermanence / death. Life is not granted. While we are here, can we savor this gift even in the face, or perhaps thanks to, our imminent deaths? ⠀

-  Self love translates to universal love. Taking care of yourself and keeping yourself healthy at this moment in time very clearly protects the less privileged, less healthy. We all share our core and are inherently connected this way, so that makes a lot of sense, but sometimes we need a virus to prove that. ⠀

-  We are all equal. Again, we all share our core, we all share death, so there are no real differences between us. A bit less abstract: the virus doesn’t prioritize who to infect based on status, money, race…

From left to right: Havana Liu, Alicia, Sara Hiromi, Yuii Vision

Interviews During Covid-19

Each of the following photos is linked to an interview. To explore the interviews, select a photo below to read more. 

From left to right: Tansy Kaschak, Katherine Khorassani, Mia Gonzalez

Kyanisha Saphire Morgan, London, UK

Do you feel like quarantine has given you a new perspective on yourself or the world around you?

I think this quarantine has brought to light things we already knew, like that society as a whole runs on a whole network of undervalued/underpaid workers. That capitalism is pretty savage and only really serves the few, which is why a lot of the countries across the world are in this mess, because no one wanted to shut borders. That as a whole the Human race needs to slow down. I think what will be interesting is whether what we've realised, or what we took for granted, we start to change and we put in and apply new values rather than revert back to our old ones. I really hope that we start to make positive changes on a global scale.

Neringa Rekašiute, Palanga, Lithuania

What’s your quarantine experience been like?

I could split my quarantine into two parts. The first two weeks felt like coming off drugs (the drug obviously being the speedy, mindless, intensely stimulative modern life).  Life in a city stopped making even the slightest sense - I felt stuck in a concrete prison, no nature around, no signs of spring coming, trying hard not to make too much fuss for my partner working from home as a journalist…..

Here the second part of my quarantine experience began - the wondrous, creative, calm, infused with blossoming and awakening nature around and bird singing endlessly.  I feel that once I escaped to nature, everything makes sense. Even this virus makes so much sense. We could not go like everything was ok anymore, destroying nature, taking all, giving none. Nature needed a break. I feel I needed a break too. Was that world before quarantine really “normal”? I don’t think so anymore…

From left to right: Hillary Taymour & Charlie Engman, Danny Bowien & Sara Hiromi, Kelly Stoeklin & Victor Bill, Sergio Dimoff, Mia Gonzalez, Kelsey Falter, & Lachlan White

Submissions are Open

Contribute to this project

We are asking people all over the world to share their story. We want to document this time period for generations to come. Imagine in just 1 year how different life will be. We are accepting submissions and interviews on a rolling basis. Your contribution to this collective art project is appreciated.  

From left to right: Shelley Mulshine, Nicole Van Straatum, Austin Kearns, Alexander Hopkins

Jesus "Chucho" Nartinez, Mexico City

Maurine Gaudin, Japan

Victoria Pashkova, Russia

Greta Zaveckaite, Vilnius, Lithuania

Taj Rueda, Thailand

Christian, Brooklyn, NY