by Tracy + David on Aug. 12, 2020
When everything shut down in March, as former photojournalists, we felt it was critical to go back to our roots and tell stories of how people were living and adapting in a profoundly changed world. As former athletes – Tracy and competitive swimmer and David a soccer player – we knew how hard it would be for athletes to keep up with their training, and wanted to share stories of persistence, dedication, adaptation, and creativity. The project started with a couple of neighbors, and then grew exponentially as each person we photographed connected us with other people, who also wanted to share their stories of persisting through Covid. We came across so many great stories – stories about dedicated high school athletes getting up at 4 am to practice alone in order to keep up previous daily routines; of parents who had once been college athletes, reconnecting with sports and stepping in to coach their kids in the backyard or driveway; of the woman who asked a stranger with a multimillion dollar home on the beach if she could use her beach-side swimming pool, as she was desperate to get a swim workout in (and all public pools were closed), of a pediatric surgeon who needed swimming to keep him sane and grounded, and found a way to swim in his small backyard pool with a cord tied around his waist and attached to a nearby picnic table…
We produced and shot everything as a two-person team, finding real people talent with interesting stories and telling their stories in stills, audio, and video, and sometimes with a drone. Everything was shot in Southern California, following safety and social distancing guidelines.
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As former photojournalists, we’re passionate about telling stories and creating emotionally authentic images. Our work as photojournalists was a great bootcamp, where we problem-solved all day, every day, often creating many images on a tight deadline. From this, we learned to be extremely flexible, adaptable, and resourceful, and became very adept at creating extensive libraries of images. We also learned how to work with people and quickly build rapport, and are very comfortable casting and directing people from all walks of life – real people, actors, and models. We love to travel and thrive working on a broad range of projects anywhere in the world.