What is your biggest takeaway from this experience so far?
Not being able to leave made me more appreciative of what we have here. For the 7 years I’ve lived here, I got to see for the first time the valley transform from winter into spring. The aspen leaves have a magical vibrant green now that they lose later in the summer. I think this whole situation made me take a step back and appreciate the little things. Having all of my photography jobs cancelled, I finally found more time to do projects that I’m passionate about, this being one of them.
How has COVID-19 influenced your creativity?
As I mostly do commercial photography, this situation has pushed me to explore more of a photojournalistic approach to a place I photograph on a regular basis. I decided to present photographs in black and white, because once stripped of color, the photographs are reduced to raw emotion. Given the work that I do, my photographs are meant to show the beauty of this place. With black and white, I wanted to challenge our concept of beauty. It is still the same photograph of a powder day, but when you look at it in black and white, it evokes different emotions.