Artworks and photography capture a moment in time and history and tell a story of the current climate and mood in society. There's no doubt that what we're experiencing during this COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent quarantine will be a life altering event for us all. Some Springfield, Missouri photographers have decided to document this historical moment with a series of "porch portraits." Taken at a safe distance, the family photos capture a glimpse into our current lives at home.
Karen Kristian Beiler began by photographing friends. "I wanted to document this time in history in some way," she says. "We're all feeling a lot of uncertainty and fear, but I hoped to create something beautiful and joyful in the midst of it."
While the national trend has been to photograph families out in front of their homes, often on their porches, Beiler opted for a different approach by photographing through windows. "It felt symbolic of how we are as a society right now—all separated by a barrier, in isolation from others, for a very good cause," she says.