by NashCO Photography on May 24, 2020
We started with self portraits as a way to be creative and wrestle with our anxiety. As photographers that is how we naturally respond to things. We photograph them.
Then we moved outward, contacting friends, family, neighbors, even using Craigslist. We reached out to all ages, economic groups, races, and sexual orientations. For the pandemic is a group experience, regardless of who you are, we are all isolated together.
During this project we documented rage, laughter, tears, joy, fear, sometimes all in a single shoot. But one thing remained constant; how good it felt to connect to our community, even from 6 feet away, even yelling through masks and glass, getting really good at games of charades.
Our goal with each subject was to create Edward Hopper inspired narratives, a retelling of each person's story based on what what important to them, how they were feeling, and what they were doing to cope (or not cope). The ultimate end is to publicly share stories of individuals to create a feeling of shared experience.
The result? Connection. As photographers we crave it, it is the reason why we do what we do. To see how folks live, see how they survive and to help them feel heard and seen. Even when, especially when, we are all in isolation. And to leave folks a little bit better than we found them.
©2020 NashCO. All rights reserved.
Leah Nash (The Nash) and Christopher Onstott (The CO) are an award-winning photography & videography duo based in Portland, Oregon. They specialize in commercial, portrait, editorial, education, and travel photography. Both originally photojournalists, Leah and Christopher take a moment-driven approach, capturing authentic imagery whether in life, at work, or on set. The result is graphic, storytelling photography that is full of color, light and intimacy. Not averse to dancing (her), telling bad jokes (him) or listening intently (both), their goal is to leave their subjects a little bit better than they found them. All the while creating a wealth of images that look and feel spontaneous.