How are you adapting to your "new normal" during the coronavirus pandemic?
Maybe you're now wearing a mask every time you go outside, and have grown used to keeping two metres apart from other people. Perhaps you now have your child – or kids – at home all the time now, and are juggling a full-time job with parenting and running a household. Maybe when you visit your family members who are in long-term care homes, you now have to keep a barrier between them and yourself.
Our lives have changed in some stark ways over the last few months, and that's something George Pimentel wants to showcase with his new project, Canada Covid Portrait. The Canadian photographer wants to use the initiative to bring the country together before (and after) self-isolation. He's exclusively shared the details with Hello!.
"This is about how people are adapting to this pandemic, and it comes from all different areas of it," George told us. "People are photographing front-line workers. People photographing their families. People are photographing themselves trying to visit their parents or visiting the elderly.
"The whole idea is that we're in this together. It doesn't matter if you're a billionaire or you're famous or you're a grandmother – we're all in this together."
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Canada Covid Portrait is dedicated to creating an album for the future about what we are experiencing today. #CanadaCovidPortrait invites all Canadians to participate in documenting how every aspect of life in this country has suddenly transformed as we adapt to this new normal. ⠀ ⠀ Our goal is to bring together thousands of photos taken from around the country capturing the gamut of life, in the spirit of solidarity, to record this transformative moment in history fraught with fear, while we find hope. ⠀ ⠀ We are looking for fly-on-the-wall pictures of people that capture how everyday aspects of our lives now look different due to the measures we must take to prevent infection. Share your images on Instagram using #CanadaCovidPortrait, a submission link and website are forthcoming. ⠀ _______________ ⠀ 1. "Visiting my Father today. A glass window between us. It's not a hug or a handshake but I'll take it". April 20, 2020. Photo @georgepimentel1⠀ ⠀ 2. A family poses for a selfie with their Mask while visiting Niagara Falls Ontario on May 3, 2020⠀ Photo George Pimentel ⠀ @georgepimentel1⠀ ⠀ 3. Mother and son on Mother’s Day, Toronto. May 10,2020⠀ Photo George Pimentel ⠀ @georgepimentel1⠀ ⠀ #COVID19 #Coronavirus #CoronvairusCanada #Canada #Canadian #photography #canadianphotographer #photojournalism #photojournalist #socialdistancing #documentaryphotography #photojournalism #corona #canadalockdown #streetphotography #newnormal #sixfeet #covid19Canada #covidcanada #shelterinplace #streets_storytelling #shelterinplacecanada #shelterinplace #covidontario #quarantine
George kicked off the project by sharing a picture of himself visiting his father (you can see it above). The image shows him in his car, touching the window – which is left up – while his father also puts his hand on the pane. Both men are wearing masks. The image showed off some of the major changes that Canadians have been adapting to during this period.
You've probably been documenting your life under the coronavirus pandemic and how much it has shifted. This is a great way to show off some of those images.
Canadians are welcome to submit photos to the project until June 26. Canada Covid Portrait is "open to anybody with a cell phone who wants to convey what they're going through in COVID times," says George. You don't need to be a professional photographer to take part – you just need a phone.
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“Claudia Cook sanitizes the counter between customers, from the serving window at the South Shore Fish Shack, on the May long weekend in Lunenberg, Nova Scotia ... I was photographing her boss for a business feature for the newspaper I work for and while waiting a few minutes to prepare, I noticed Claudia cleaning the table they use to place take out orders for customers ... she said it is sanitized after each order.” ⠀ ⠀ Photo by Tim Krochak @timbophoto #COVID19 #Coronavirus #onassignmnet #Canada #Canadian #photography #canadianphotographer #photojournalism #photojournalist #socialdistancing #documentaryphotography #photojournalism #corona #canadalockdown #streetphotography #newnormal #sixfeetapart #covid19Canada #covidcanada #shelterinplace #shelteringinplace #streets_storytelling #shelterinplacecanada #pandemiclife #covidlife #novascotia #novascotiaphotography #canadianlife
If you want to submit an image, you have two options: You can email your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org or use the hashtag #CanadaCovidPortrait on Instagram. You can see some of the stunning images already submitted at the Canada Covid Portrait Instagram.
Your entry could appear in an exhibition of the most impactful shots submitted as part of this project and could also appear in a future issue of HELLO! Canada magazine.
When we look back on this period in 10 years, we'll likely be shocked and surprised at some of the images that have come out of the pandemic. This is an excellent way to document that history and create a great archive of photographs during this time. So help George make history and get involved today!