Quarantine Portrait through FaceTime of Rachel / @rachelvala May 15, 2020 / Seattle, WA Keatley - How are you feeling right now? Rachel - Ambivalent is the best way to describe how I feel most of the time. Sometimes overwhelmed, sometimes hopeful. Keatley - Have you noticed any changes in your mindset or emotions during quarantine? Have you found joy in new experiences? Rachel - As someone with a chronic illness since I was 14, I'm used to having my day shaped by what my disease will allow me to do. As those with chronic illness know all too well, it often feels like there's very little that I can control. It can be incredibly isolating and lonely, but I do my best to find beauty every day. The pandemic has forced the entire world to try to make the best of it while stuck in uncertainty and isolation. Of course, I would love to snap my fingers and make the pandemic disappear. Still, now that other people are experiencing what I have for most of my life, I feel surprisingly less alone. In many ways, I feel like I'm getting more support than I ever have, and I'm honored to be able to give it as well. Keatley - What are you feeling hopeful about? Rachel - I hope there is no return to normal. I want something better than normal. I hope for powerful worldwide changes, where every life is regarded with dignity, and there is justice for everyone with every type of body. I hope for smaller, yet significant changes where people will make simple, meaningful gestures of kindness. Keatley - What are you concerned about? Rachel - Basically, everyone. I'm concerned about people who are unable to get the medications they need due to shortages. I worry for medical personnel (especially my family members) who don't have enough PPE. Small business owners may never recover. The disproportionate effect the pandemic is having on BIPOC, homeless folks, and those in abusive households is horrifying. The list goes on.
Quarantine Portrait through FaceTime of Sarah / @sarahcpr May 17, 2020 / Brooklyn, NY Sarah Cooper is a comedian who you have probably seen if you have been online recently. Her videos lip syncing to Trump saying crazy things are helping many of us laugh a little through the stress and tears. Find her on Twitter, TikTok and Insta if you want to laugh. Her pre Trump stand up is also hilarious, and I hope we get to see a lot more of her in the future. A @Netflix special would be nice… Thank you Sarah! Keatley - How are you feeling right now? Sarah - Right now I feel a little nervous. My mom just texted to let me know she found my name listed as a guest on this Tuesday's episode of The Ellen Show. So it's happening. It's actually happening. I taped it last Tuesday but I never think anything is real until it happens. I just hope I sounded smarter than the president. Overall, the last few weeks have been a whirlwind, from excitement to disbelief to sadness to anxiety to hopelessness to hopefulness, I haven't felt this many emotions since the season finale of Married at First Sight. Keatley - How did you come up with the idea to act out Trump saying crazy things? Sarah - It was a combination of playing around with lip syncing on TikTok and watching Trump bullshit his way through those daily press briefings. It reminded me of being in corporate meetings where a biz dev guy would talk for 5 minutes without saying anything but he'd still be seen as the smartest guy in the room. I always wished I could bullshit my way through work the way Trump bullshits his way through the presidency. And so I started lip syncing clips of him and a viral hit was (eventually) born.
Quarantine Portrait through FaceTime of Dan / @dangluibizzi May 8, 2020 / Portland, OR I was walking briskly through the Seattle Art Fair last year, when I came upon the @russoleegallery booth with Dan’s work. I was instantly mesmerized, and had a bit of a panic attack if I am being honest. I literally could not stop staring at the color, depth, energy, and playfulness of the many faces perfectly placed around the canvas. Turns out, Dan is just as lovely in person as his work is. Please enjoy. Keatley - How are you feeling right now? Dan - I am grateful for all I have with an undercurrent of anxiety. Beneath the euphoric feelings of time with family, beloved cats and studio hours are the unknowns about getting sick or loved ones getting sick. Worry about my daughter’s stress and sadness about being separated from friends and routines. Constant concern about my wife working in a hospital but above all is gratitude for stability and a sense of purpose. Keatley - Have you taken time to sit and be quiet during quarantine? What have you learned? Dan - Studio hours can be noisy and quiet. In the quiet moments, I have been encouraged by thinking about artists making art in perilous times throughout history. Keatley - What has been something that has surprised you about yourself during quarantine? Dan - A confirmation more than something new but I am fine never leaving my neighborhood. Keatley - Have you noticed any changes in your mindset or emotions during quarantine? Have you found joy in new experiences? Dan - I was worried about leaning into a cynical and dark outlook but more than ever I feel optimism and creative urgency. Guiding homeschooling has had ups and downs but I really enjoy spending long stretches of time with my daughter. Keatley - What have you learned during quarantine so far? Dan - That long established rhythms of daily life have created a refuge and remain a source of creative energy.
Quarantine Portrait through FaceTime of Justin Kane Elder May 5, 2020 / Chilliwack, British Columbia Justin will be returning to IG next month, so check him out and give him a warm welcome. I am thrilled to be sharing more of my favorite artists in the coming weeks, & Justin Kane Elder is one of them. His work can be seen at Revel, & The Keatley House (when it is safe to come over). Hope you are enjoying the series. Keatley - How are you feeling right now? JKE - Inspired & excited for what may come. Which sounds counterintuitive to the way the world is being painted right now. But I know from studying the course of history it is moments such as this that bring about profound change. Adversity is the mother of invention and this event has provided us with unlimited opportunities waiting to be discovered. Keatley - Have you taken time to sit and be quiet during quarantine? What have you learned? JKE - Meditation is a regular part of my life, recently I have noticed the frequency increasing. This has highlighted the little joys in life, The everyday miracles, watching the wind dance in the trees, insects busy in their daily grind, and the way light dances off all that it touches. The world is full of profound opportunities that we can use to better all that we touch. Keatley - What has been something that has surprised you about yourself during quarantine? JKE - Traditionally I am a very private person that has kept my creativity behind closed doors, only sharing finished works, never revealing the whole story. Surprisingly this has made me want to open up and let it all out. Something I have never done, but now actively seek in hopes that it will inspire others Keatley - What do you think is going to happen because of all this? JKE - It may not seem possible, but this will make the world stronger. Think about it, this has made each and everyone of us consider our place and purpose in life and measure what is important and truly relevant. Giving us a forced perspective of importance. Proving that it is our friends and loved ones that give us meaning. Providing each of us with a positive feedback loop that generates the circle of hope.
Quarantine Portrait through FaceTime of Matt / @kapplerm May 8, 2020 / Santa Monica, CA Keatley - How are you feeling right now? Matt - Pretty good except every time I feel a tickle in my throat I immediately turn to my girlfriend and tell her that it’s too late for me and she should save herself. Keatley - What do you think is going to happen because of all this? Matt - It’s hard to say. Any time there’s a mass tragedy, society is left with this big pool of collective outrage, and I think it’s very easy for that outrage to get misplaced. Especially when we’re talking about a disease. We all need to take care of our own mental well being not only for our own sake, but for the sakes of our neighbors and communities. Keatley - What are you concerned about? Matt - Family and friends. I’m from Michigan, a state which is dealing with a ventilator shortage, so I worry a lot about the people I love who live in the Midwest. Keatley - What have you found to be helpful for your mental health during quarantine? Matt - Keeping busy in ways that are entirely unproductive. Cleaning things that are already clean, making top ten lists, doing karate moves in the living room while Sara is working, really important stuff. ____ Stay safe and keep others safe. #KeatleyQuarantine #QuarantinePortrait #FaceTimePortrait #COVID_19 #Portrait #PortraitPhotography #iphone #iphonephotography #socialdistancing #stayhome #iphone #facetime #photographer #artist #people #encouragement #distance #photography #distancephotography #interview #portraitpage #ftwotw #featuremeofh #expofilm #theportraitpr0ject #portraitmood #oneoftheoriginals #portraits_mf @nationalportraitgallery #myNPG #LosAngeles #California
Quarantine Portrait through FaceTime of Lisa / @lisarieffel May 5, 2020 / Los Angeles, CA Editors note: Also check out Lisa’s daughter Jolee’s hit song “I Wonder What’s Inside Your Butthole” and it’s many covers. 🙌🏼 😂 It might be the song of the quarantine. Keatley - How are you feeling right now? Lisa - Gotta say, it depends on the minute. I feel good, I feel anxious, I feel hopeful & depressed all at once. Keatley - Have you taken time to sit and be quiet during quarantine? What have you learned? Lisa - Have you been to my house? It sounds like feeding time at the zoo AT ALL TIMES. But I have taken a couple of long, quiet, solo drives. I’ve learned that this is all bullshit. All of it. The only thing that matters is love. Being around people you love, letting them know and accepting the truth that is, all we have is now. Keatley - What has been something that has surprised you about yourself during quarantine? Lisa - I’m a lot stronger than I give myself credit for. Keatley - What do you think is going to happen because of all this? Lisa - I hope we as humans stop taking each other and this planet for granted. Keatley - What are you concerned about? Lisa - I’m concerned we are opening states up too early. We’ll still be staying home. Eyebrow waxing be damned. Keatley - What are you feeling hopeful about? Lisa - I am hopeful this will change people’s perspective on what is useful and good and what is not. Keatley - What have you found to be helpful for your mental health during quarantine? Lisa - I exercise everyday. I create everyday. I eat healthy and kiss my family. ____ Stay safe and keep others safe. #KeatleyQuarantine #QuarantinePortrait #FaceTimePortrait #COVID_19 #Portrait #PortraitPhotography #iphone #iphonephotography #socialdistancing #stayhome #iphone #facetime #photographer #artist #people #encouragement #distance #photography #distancephotography #interview #portraitpage #ftwotw #featuremeofh #expofilm #theportraitpr0ject #portraitmood #oneoftheoriginals #portraits_mf @nationalportraitgallery #myNPG #LosAngeles #California
Quarantine Portrait through FaceTime of Kim / @4kim.seattledancefitness April 8, 2020 / Seattle, WA Keatey - How are you feeling right now? Kim - My mood seems to change daily but the most common feeling is TIRED!!! 😂 I am a mom of two small boys (4 & 7), my husband is home but working full time and it feels like a never ending groundhogs day! We’ve been in quarantine since the kids school got cancelled on March 11th, and although there are a ton of amazing moments while having this “bonus family time,” I’ve also started to feel the weight of this situation. As someone who thrives on routine, having no “normal” has provided some challenges. As someone who get out of the house several times a day, being stuck in one spot is not natural. That being said, I choose to focus on what we DO have and all the GOOD things we have to be thankful for because there is a lot of negative stuff happening in this world right now. A backyard, siblings who love and play together, a warm house, stocked fridge, family meals, tp/bidet and an abundance of LOVE are among the many things we are blessed and thankful for. Although our living conditions aren’t extravagant by any means, I do wish everyone could be quarantined in similar conditions, my heart breaks knowing that’s not true. Keatley - What have you found to be helpful for your mental health during quarantine? Kim - Moving my body daily, mostly with dance fitness, by teaching as well as taking classes. It is my creative outlet, my favorite form of “therapy”, my safe space, my “me” time and really one of the only things that has helped keep me sane! I ALWAYS feel better when I move my body and my kids have been loving it too! The company I work for, Seattle Dance Fitness, has classes for all ages streaming online daily and so it’s also been a great way to bond with my children and take some “dance breaks” in-between all of us navigating this new distance learning situation. That, and my kids being best friends and mostly playing really well together. I’m so thankful they have each other. They never want to come out of quarantine because they are having so much fun, so I’m going to call that a win!
Quarantine Portrait through FaceTime of Tatyianna / @tatyiannaariel April 17, 2020 / Boston, MA Keatley - How are you feeling right now? Tatyianna - I would say I’m the calmest I’ve ever been oddly. These past couple months have been eye opening for me. I didn’t realize how much of the stillness I actually needed until it was forced upon me. At first, I was extremely concerned being that I’m asthmatic but I’ve learned to combat the fear with positivity and God. I’m grateful to have a job that has kept me safe & home. Keatley - Have you taken time to sit and be quiet during quarantine? What have you learned? Tatyianna - Sitting quietly and reflecting has been my new normal. I’ve learned that I spend a lot of time thinking and not enough doing. Things I’ve told myself I wanted to learn/do I often put off because I thought I didn’t have enough time. I’ve learned how to manage my time to not only get in everything I need to do but what I want to do as well. Keatley - Have you noticed any changes in your mindset or emotions during quarantine? Have you found joy in new experiences? Tatyianna - I’ve noticed my outlook on things is extremely positive. I’m very calm & find myself in prayer more often than before. I find myself listening to gospel music more than R&B because it gives me a better sense of peace. I’ve taken this time to learn how to sew and how to make certain foods. I’ve been working on content projects, creating ideas for future shoots, watching master classes & listening to podcasts. I’m usually a very shy person but this quarantine has brought out a personality I never knew was in me. I find joy in the little things even just a sunny day can make my day that much better. Keatley - What have you learned during quarantine so far? Tatyianna - I’ve learned it’s okay to not always be productive. I think society has painted a tainted image of what success looks like. I wake up in the morning & give thanks that I woke up. I smile more and try to make others smile too. I’ve learned to be positive and to find the good things through all the bad. I’ve also learned to have more moments of stillness because it is so needed & refuels the body, mind & soul
Quarantine Portrait through FaceTime of Curtis / @cromjue May 11, 2020 / Seattle, WA Keatley - How are you feeling right now? Curtis - Like my 7-year-old self after scraping up my knees skateboarding... some pain, heightened alertness, some learning... all mixed with gratitude for being alive and doing challenging things that are totally worth it. Keatley - What are you feeling hopeful about? Curtis - I'm hopeful that uncertainty leads people to invest in what no virus or economic downturn can touch -- the eternal things of the soul. What is seen is temporary, what is unseen is eternal. Keatley - What have you found to be helpful for your mental health during quarantine? Curtis - Fresh air and hands-on activities with my wife and two daughters (7 & 10 yrs old). We've built a sweet tree fort with clear cedar and stainless steel cables, a wattle fence (worth a Google search!), and we're writing songs together on folk harp and guitar. We use @firstaidarts activities... drawing breath flowers and shaking it out for body breaks during homeschool. As I lead them, it helps me regulate and enjoy the simple goodness within reach. Keatley - Would you share about the toolkit you are providing to the public during quarantine? Curtis - Heck yes. The First Aid Arts downloadable Toolkit is totally free (available at www.firstaidarts.org/covid-19). It's science-based, supports self-awareness, and offers curated arts activities for responding to stress & steering towards regulation, health, joy. You are what you eat... this helps you eat order and beauty. It's for little kids, and us bigger kids. We have people at places like Harvard and Seattle Children's Hospital advising/contributing/endorsing. We'd love for your readers to check it out, and if it helps, pass it forward to others. Our organization's vision is a world where wounded hearts heal beautifully. It's an honor to help however we can, during COVID, and onward.
Quarantine Portrait through FaceTime of aarti / @_aarti_p April 23, 2020 / Austin, TX Keatley - How are you feeling right now? Aarti - I'm not sure to be honest. There’s definitely some anxiety. I’m supposed to be getting married in July and right now I’m not even sure if that’s going to be possible. I’m a doctor and, although Texas hasn’t been hit too hard with covid, seeing and hearing how my colleagues in other states & worldwide have been struggling has been heartbreaking. Keatley - What has been something that has surprised you about yourself during quarantine? Aarti - I’ve realized maybe I’m not as introverted as I think. I’ve appreciated the time to be in my own headspace but I definitely miss my being able to see my friends and my family. Keatley - What are you concerned about? Aarti - That we’ll all forget the lessons this experience is teaching us. It’s highlighted the huge flaws in our healthcare system (that we all knew were there) and we desperately need to address them. Anyways, not trying to get too preachy or anything, but also just basic things like how important hand hygiene is. Keatley - What have you found to be helpful for your mental health during quarantine? Aarti - Just doing whatever I need to get through the day. I don’t agree with the idea that since we have more time at home we all have to be doing something productive all the time. That’s exhausting. Do what makes you happy. If that means watching tv all day that’s cool. If you have the mental space to start a new hobby that’s cool too. Follow your own path. ______ Stay safe and keep others safe. #KeatleyQuarantine #QuarantinePortrait #FaceTimePortrait #COVID_19 #Portrait #PortraitPhotography #iphone #iphonephotography #socialdistancing #stayhome #iphone #facetime #photographer #artist #people #interview #apple #encouragement #distance #photography #distancephotography #Austin #Texas
Quarantine Portrait through FaceTime of JJ / @j.j.kissinger April 11, 2020 / Seattle, WA Keatley - How are you feeling right now? JJ - I feel aware of my privilege and grateful for stable jobs that allow us to work from home, a roof over our heads, food in our fridge, plenty of resources for our kids, and lots of support. That said, I feel like we’ve moved from a 5K to a marathon. There was a lot of adrenaline during the first few weeks—pivoting and problem solving every aspect of life. As the dust settles, the weight of our collective grief feels heavier—so many losses, big and small. I feel serious technology fatigue. I feel homesick for the pointless chit-chat that happens in passing at the office or school drop-off. I feel inspired by the creativity and perseverance that will be needed for our recovery. Keatley - What do you think is going to happen because of all this? JJ - I am mostly hoping we can band together and decide, once and for all, that sweatpants are perfectly acceptable professional attire. I also think the appropriate and important work we’re doing to avoid one another is creating some unfortunate muscle memory that will take some real effort to undo. I wonder how long shaking hands and giving hugs will feel like risky behavior. Keatley - How can we make the most out of this situation? JJ - It seems to me that our primary work right now is empathy. I saw someone post a quote along the lines of, “We’re all in the same boat, but we’re not experiencing the same storm.” Though we’re strangely comforted by the same-ness of our current global circumstance, the consequences of this virus are wildly different from one person to the next. Even as I hunker down and stay in, I am trying to practice empathy—to stay awake and alert to other stories and not compare grief. The organization I run, Side-by-Side, serves families who have a seriously ill child. These families already felt isolated and overwhelmed, and COVID-19 has only exacerbated those feelings. We’re working hard to consider their unfolding stories and continue to provide support, even though it looks different than before.
Quarantine Portrait through FaceTime of Madhu / @crimsonburgundy April 29, 2020 / Singapore Keatley - How are you feeling right now? Madhu - Unlike before, I find myself taking a frustrating amount of time to answer this question when it’s posed to me every day. There are so many answers that are all equally valid. It’s a bit like a perfume with its top and base notes. At the surface, I feel calm but it is a calm that makes way for an unsettlement, with the way things are and the way I lose track of time. When I dig deeper, I find grief, joy, curiosity, anxiety and gratitude all mixed together in very strange, incoherent ways. Keatley - What has been something that has surprised you about yourself during quarantine? Madhu - Here in Singapore, the partial lockdown here has become increasingly restrictive. Instead of fixating on what I can no longer do, I have been exploring what I can do - experimenting with watercolours, having long and meandering conversations with friends, and going on walking breaks in the middle of the work day. It’s been life-giving. Keatley - Have you found joy in new experiences? Madhu - A week ago, I heard a very distinct and almost hauntingly beautiful bird call and had to go out and investigate. I learnt that it was the mating call of the black-naped oriole, a bright yellow bird that is rather common in Singaporean parks and gardens. The bird had always been there but I was attentive to it in a new way. In Singapore, most of our food is imported and our much of our nature decimated in the name of development; we have lost our sense of local fruiting seasons. By listening to the oriole, I got to learn that we are right in the middle of its mating season (April to June). This attention brought a lot of joy, wonder and gratitude. I now go on these walks every day, sans songs, podcasts or audiobooks, just paying attention to what the world has to offer to me.
Quarantine Portrait through FaceTime of Joanna / @joannafinata8 April 15, 2020 / London, England Keatley - How are you feeling right now? Joanna - I'm feeling lots of different ways right now..optimistic then sad then worried then motivated then totally unproductive again. Everyday is a different story. By nature I'm very emphatic so what's happening around me does affect me quite a lot. Keatley - What are you concerned about? Joanna - My primary concern is that my family and most loved ones are far away from me right now and if something happens I won't be able to be there. Then there's the uncertainty of what our lives are going to be like after it's all over. When we’re back to “normal”..Is this normal going to be better or worse..? Keatley - What have you found to be helpful for your mental health during quarantine? Joanna - I try not to put myself or others under unnecessary pressure and acknowledge that most of our negative thoughts that manifest during this time are transient. I live in a city where everyone's in a constant rush and my industry can be very competitive and tough and at the end of the day you can feel very drained. I feel like right now it's totally ok to slow down, to not always be 100% productive, to just be in the moment and to focus on our inner selves more. Keatley - How can we make the most out of this situation? Joanna - I think it's important to do what makes us happy whether it's a hobby, a sport, meditation, being more creative..I finally found the time to brush up my French, I still work out, I paint from time to time, write and managed to connect with some friends and family more. ____ Stay safe and keep others safe. #KeatleyQuarantine #QuarantinePortrait #FaceTimePortrait #COVID_19 #Portrait #PortraitPhotography #iphone #iphonephotography #socialdistancing #stayhome #London #England #iphone #facetime #photographer #artist #people #interview #apple #encouragement #distance #photography #distancephotography
Quarantine Portrait through FaceTime of Martin / @martin_kuhlmann April 28, 2020 / Berlin, Germany Keatley - How are you feeling right now? Martin - I like the silence and the energy around me. I use my time to do some things I always wanted to do. Or at least I try to do them. That makes me feel good. Keatley - Have you noticed any changes in your mindset or emotions during quarantine? Martin - My mindset: Yes. Be more in the „now“. Be more aware. Do things you like. Be more creative. Be more active. Love & Forgive more. Don't panic. Don't stress. Life is always good. Whatever comes, being more in the moment, grateful for the little things around me, slowing down the perspective on my patterns to release them gently. My emotions: Also Yes. It's a collective change, this powerful energy of course hits me hard sometimes as I'm very sensitive. So the result is, as before too, good days and bad days, but now I have more time to surrender to the darker days in a much healthier way. Keatley - What do you think is going to happen because of all this? Martin - I really hope more awareness for human beings, fauna, flora & mother earth. That everything is connected. That we are all one. I think a part of our society will hit this new awareness. I think as well a lot of people will try to move on with their old lives, but I hope that it won’t put humanity more apart instead bringing people closer to reconnect on a deeper level. Keatley - What are you concerned about? Martin - I'm afraid that people try to go back to the old unecological life and economy lifestyle. That all the people who paid for this with their money, life and also Future perspective just fall out of the picture and the people who anyway have a lot of money and pride are gonna have more and won’t share and invest it in a good way with the people who need it. Basically my fear is about a bigger imbalance. Keatley - What are you feeling hopeful about? Martin - Many people discover spirituality. Or find new and old answers in spirituality. And that many people help each other. ____ Stay safe and keep others safe.
Quarantine Portrait through FaceTime of Rachel / @rachellaforest March 22, 2020 / Los Angeles, CA *This interview is a couple months old for context. Thanks for your patience Rachel! 🙏🏼 Keatley - How are you feeling right now? Rachel - Today, day 11 of my stay-at-home, I feel incredibly determined. I’ve made it past the adjustment and initial shock of the severity of our situation, though I still appreciate the weight of it all. I’ve worked to get my body to calm down from the high anxiety state I was experiencing, and I’m now determined to do whatever I can to make sure the good of our whole is prioritized, especially a rent freeze for Los Angeles. Keatley - What do you think is going to happen because of all this? Rachel - I. Do. Not. Know. This is a time challenging everyone to accept the fact that we *never* really know what will happen. I learned that lesson this past October when I was assaulted in a surprise attack, home alone, by a sexual predator. This is a time for everyone to surrender to the only thing we can expect: the unexpected. I hope we all chose to focus on the *positive* unexpected that could happen in each next moment. For example, I’ve noticed my PTSD improved from my own Trauma because I’m almost “distracted” by this more current, bigger, global Trauma, and I’m grateful for the tools I can apply from one harship to the next. I wouldn’t have expected that! Keatley - What are you concerned about? Rachel - My *biggest* fear is that nothing changes from this. That we go back to the way things were as a society that over-produces and worships consumerism. Half of my family is in essential healthcare and food production jobs. They must continue, they are the soldiers at war so I’m also very concerned for their safety and wellbeing. Keatley - What have you found to be helpful for your mental health during quarantine? Rachel - Reminding myself to exhale (I hold my breath when I’m anxious), at-home yoga, virtual therapy sessions, safe solo walks daily, and MUSIC, near-constant music. ____ Stay safe and keep others safe.
Quarantine Portrait through FaceTime of Tenley / @tenleyclark April 19, 2020 / Santa Clara, CA Keatley - How are you feeling right now? Tenley - Overall pretty happy. I feel guilty saying that because I know that happiness comes from a place of privilege, but I am feeling very grateful for these moments with my kids and to create just for me that I wouldn’t have had otherwise. I’m also feeling anxious about not being able to help more, worried for others, and grateful for those who are risking their lives for us. And also exhausted from keeping two kids entertained and fed all day. Keatley - What has been something that has surprised you about yourself during quarantine? Tenley - I’ve really had to face how much of a hoarder I am being stuck indoors. It’s really come in handy during this time though, which I fear will only worsen it in the future haha. I’ve done theme days for my kids with crafts and activities almost everyday of quarantine and we’ve had more than enough supplies to do that, and even have coordinating outfits/costumes for each day. Keatley - What do you think is going to happen because of all this? Tenley - My hope is that people will focus on the beauty of our world because we’ve had some of it taken away for a while. I think we have all really had to focus on what’s truly important in life and learn to slow down and that will hopefully continue after this. I unfortunately don’t think that will last very long though when the hustle and bustle of everyday life returns. Keatley - What have you found to be helpful for your mental health during quarantine? Tenley - I’ve been creating at least one thing every day and it’s been fantastic for my mental health. I was incredibly burnt out before the quarantine and was pretty sure I was going to quit my career (photography). Having this moment to sit and create just for me, even if it’s just a silly craft with my kids, has left me feeling more inspired than I have felt in years. I have pages full of ideas of images I want to create during and after this. Creating has always been my best form of therapy and is a great distraction from my mind letting the anxiety take over.
Quarantine Portrait through FaceTime of Anija / @putitanjia April 20, 2020 / LosAngeles, CA Keatley - How are you feeling right now? Anija - Today is May 1st, so end of week 7. It's been a roller coaster of emotions (like everyone else, I’m sure) but today I'm feeling ok- trying to focus on being present vs obsessing over being productive Keatley - Have you taken time to sit and be quiet during quarantine? What have you learned? Anija - Definitely. I live alone so I'm grateful to be able to turn to silence whenever I need. Pre quarantine, I often work from home and usually have a playlist or audio book going. But during this time, I've learned to just appreciate the sounds of my neighborhood. Sometimes it's loud construction or children playing/ screaming. But the birds sing along no matter what and that makes the whole soundtrack really nice. I'm learning that aloneness is truly medicine. Keatley - What do you think is going to happen because of all this? Anija - I imagine that after isolation, once we can see loved ones again, and be at the places we all miss being in again, that we'll have a renewed and heightened appreciation for the company of people and the energy of spaces. Keatley - What are you concerned about? Anija - I think a lot about mental health. I know this can be triggering in different ways to different people. Especially in domestic situations where the peace of privacy is not an option. I'm fortunate and very grateful to be able to take this time to explore myself and reflect, but I realize that's not the case for many people. It feels strange to express this concern because I don't have a solution to offer, but that's where my mind is. Keatley - What are you feeling hopeful about? Anija - I hope that after this time of isolation we can all agree that as a whole we've taken this planet and it's resources for granted. I'm hopeful that we can make a greater collective shift and be more mindful of our consumption- whether it's choosing sustainable small business over big box stores, or rethinking animal products in our diet, I hope we can learn how to create a better and more balanced relationship with our home.
Quarantine Portrait through FaceTime of Brian / @bcanlis April 27, 2020 / Seattle, WA Keatley - How are you feeling right now? Brian - I'm feeling thankful. I feel like I'm in the movie Groundhog Day, but I actually got stuck on a pretty good day. I'm eating dinner with my kids every night for the first time in my life. I'm working 9-5 Monday through Friday, I've never done that before either. My family is healthy. Sure, there's a lot that's really hard right now, but the silver lining can be really special. Keatley - Do you foresee any permanent changes with your business once the quarantine order lifts? Can you share one? Brian - I think @canlisrestaurant delivery is here to stay. We love creating moments for families around their tables instead of ours. Keatley - Do you view your role in the community any differently in this time of crisis? Brian - Restaurants are places of restoration, and they've mostly vanished. With so much collective suffering we are in need of restoration more than ever. I believe the service we are providing - bringing joy and restoration into people's homes - is more important now than any other time in this restaurant's 70 year history. Keatley - What are you hopeful about? Brian - I'm hopeful that society will take the lessons learned from this time and build a new and better normal instead of slipping back into the old one. I want to fight for this. ____ Stay safe and keep others safe. #KeatleyQuarantine #QuarantinePortrait #FaceTimePortrait #COVID_19 #Portrait #PortraitPhotography #iphone #iphonephotography #socialdistancing #stayhome #iphone #facetime #photographer #artist #people #encouragement #distance #photography #distancephotography #interview #portraitpage #ftwotw #theportraitpr0ject #portraitmood #oneoftheoriginals #portraits_mf @nationalportraitgallery #myNPG #Seattle #Washington #restaurant #food