Keeping My Head Above It All visually explores the concept of social and spatial distancing prompted by the Covid-19 global pandemic. Using a bird’s-eye view from the position on the tops of parking garages and upper floors of downtown Portland buildings, the series of photographs embodies tension between presence and absence as we as a community learn to physically and psychologically navigate these new realities.
In context of the virus itself, as well as the pause on public life, the photographs represent the challenge of visually rendering what is in fact invisible. Such invisible forces include dynamics such as personal and societal pandemic fear, misinformation, divisiveness and economic uncertainty.
The majority of the photographs were created in the Spring of 2020.