March 25, 2020

Lockdown Portraits Session One

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Biting The Bullet • Nils

portrait of me, nils hendriks, 2020

I’m fascinated by how the mind works. And I think I’ve learned that I’m perfectly capable of directing my mind to which way it should go

During the Corona Lockdown 2020 I came up with this personal mini project: Lockdown Portraits, showing real people – not models – and how they deal with all the ordeals that isolation brings with it. Accompanying the photos are 2 questions I asked each one of them and their answers. To start the project off I was up first.

can you describe to what extent
the lockdown has affected your life and how?
both on a personal and professional level?

Professionally it has put me back at home. Working remotely is something I’m quite familiar with as I’ve freelanced before for quite some time. Of course then I could go out and take my laptop to a cafe or co-work place, something which isn’t an option now.

On a personal level I’d say that for me it hasn’t had a big impact yet as I feel I’ve lived in a less strict sort of lockdown for close to a year now due to various reasons. On the other hand now it is much more strict of course and also more out of my control. Ironically that last part can also be very liberating as there’s no point in fighting it so you might as well just go with it. For me that comes down to forcing myself to come up with new ways of doing things, keeping busy, distracted sometimes even.

if anything, what do you think
will you take away from all this.
any lessons learned?

Yes. Living on your own isn’t always easy or fun under normal circumstances but now with all the restrictions it somehow intensifies everything. Not speaking to anyone face to face for more than a week is - in my humble opinion - rather unhealthy. Technology helps but it’s not the same thing.

I’m fascinated by how the mind works. And I think I’ve learned that I’m perfectly capable of directing my mind to which way it should go. Not all the time maybe but the better part of it. It’s also from this that this idea of Lockdown Portraits came from: most if not all people go through this right now at the exact same moment in the whole world.

Think about all the stories that are there. So if anyone’s up for a rooftopshoot: let me know!