Glenn Yarnell

Teacher and Photographer

"Sharing my work and seeing the art of others has taken on a new importance ... a way of interacting in a deeper way with other humans, even if we never speak to or see each other in the physical world."

Describe yourself as a maker/artist/creative 

I'm a middle-school ESL teacher and digital photographer living in Springfield, MA. 

What are you currently working on?

 

I have two current projects: I am getting to know the manual functions of my camera a bit better and am experimenting with long exposures. I am also going into my digital files and am re-working previous images.

Has your work shifted in response to the pandemic? How?

My work has definitely shifted. Prior to the pandemic, I was working with my phone to photograph local architecture and cityscapes and then manipulating them on the computer. Now that I am teaching from home I am not 'out and about' as much. Added to that is 'screen fatigue' from a ton of hours on Zoom. Sitting on the computer and playing with photos doesn't have the appeal that it did in the past. Now I'm taking fewer shots and am trying to work with the camera more. 

 

In your opinion, what role does the creative process play in helping us confront our “new” reality?

For me it is a way (and it's always been this way for me) to see the spaces around me differently than they initially appear. Sharing my work and seeing the art of others has taken on a new importance ... a way of interacting in a deeper way with other humans, even if we never speak to or see each other in the physical world. 

See more of Glenn's work here