The planet is panicked. Gripped by the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic, people are making rash decisions, panic-buying toilet paper and other necessities. People are being quarantined, public events cancelled, and borders are closing. It’s no doubt these are stressful times for many of us. In this post I will tell you how as a photographer you can help during Coronavirus.
How You Can Help During Coronavirus?
What can we do as photographers to help others during this crisis? Especially if we are locked inside our homes, unable to go out? I think that we can help just by doing what we have always done – taking photos.
Recently I have started posting more of my photos to social media. On Facebook, I am posting to my business pages and my personal profile. I have even gone back to Instagram and started posting on that account again, after leaving it dormant for a few weeks.
I am doing this because I believe it can help people.
How Can Photos Help?
If you have spent any time on Facebook or any other social media recently, you will have seen that the conversation around COVID-19 has taken over. There are constant memes, videos, news reports, and posts from people talking about the virus. It’s easy to get caught up in that and become very despondent and even depressed.
What I am trying to do, (and what I also urge you to do), is post as many photos as I can during each day. My hope is that if someone is flicking through their Facebook feed and they come across one of my photos, it can snap them out of the doom and gloom of Coronavirus. That it can break the cycle of negativity and improve their day, even for just a moment.
Photography is a powerful medium that has the ability to change someone’s emotions. I hope to do that in a positive way during this terrible time.
You Can Do This Too
Get busy! You don’t have to go out and take new photos to post. If you are in lock-down – get to your computer. If you are like me, you probably have a backlog of images well into the tens of thousands?! Start editing them and flood social media with beautiful images.
I know this can help. And people need our help right now. We need to work together to lift each-other up – more than we ever have.
If you want to know what inspired me to do this, watch the video below which I filmed on the 19th of March 2020:
So go and flood social media with your inspirational images. Give people that lift they might be needing, even for just one second.
Stay safe, stay healthy, and we will all get through this together. The world will be a very different place after this, but I believe it will be a more beautiful and unified place.
If you are a photographer who loves to help others, and you are concerned about the environment, you may want to join my online community for photographers also.