"Making, any sense of making has always provided me with comfort and allowed me to be in my thoughts while looking outward."
Describe yourself as a maker/artist/creative
I am a photographer based in Baltimore. I like to work in portraiture, with movement, with others and hoping to grow always. Most happy to learn from others.
What are you currently working on?
Currently working on a series of portraits focused on health care workers and people who provide physical and mental care to others. This work began at the beginning of the first restrictions in Maryland. Also looking forward to working on very still lives.
Has your work shifted in response to the pandemic? How?
Yes. Commercial work that I would have focused on, shooting events and gatherings, a lot of that ended. In the quiet, reflective space that opened up, I found myself wanting to make a personal project and am very thankful to be invited into sharing space with others.
In your opinion, what role does the creative process play in helping us confront our “new” reality?
Making, any sense of making has always provided me with comfort and allowed me to be in my thoughts while looking outward. I have been thankful to have a camera during this time, to document daily life, even if that means just watching light flicker across walls. Its also provided me a good excuse to leave the house and meet people. Making is centered in a lot of play with our kids, too. They like to experiment in the kitchen, and be tactile and messy and I hope the play has provided nourishment for them too.
Anything else you'd like to share?
This community is great and I appreciate it being here. It feels really important to see others, even if just in a virtual manner. I feel like we can see each other very much through what we make, what we share.
See more of Jill's work here.