ELISA LUNA CAMERON
I'm surrounded by empty seats yet am being bombarded with sound. This situation I've been put in is an unusual one since you just expect, well, more. I expected teachers. I expected students. I expected fresh air. The mask I wear, double-layered out of fear, and yet I can still feel the pressure in the air around me.
Through this project I really wanted to express the closed-off nature of doing in-person learning during the pandemic. I photographed these moments with dim lighting and a dizzying uncentered-ness to show how uncertain it felt the entire time. Going into this pandemic as a freshman, I wanted to feel like I was going into “real” school so I immediately signed up for in-person learning, expecting all my teachers to be there as well. That wasn’t what I got, exactly. I had one in-person teacher and the rest of my 5 classes were all to be had in the auditorium on my tablet. Quite disappointing, if you ask me. But you know what they say, always gotta make the best of a situation!
Making friends helped it feel real, being 6 entire auditorium seats apart did not.
Going inside the school helped it feel real, doing my classes on a tablet did not.
Facing drama in school helped it feel real, the drama being unable to go to school for 2 weeks when a classmate got COVID made it feel too real.
These experiences didn't make it not real, they just made it different. I think different is what’s needed.