Andrew Mangum is a photographer in Baltimore, Md., who spent eight months documenting his dwelling life throughout the pandemic along with his spouse, Jennifer, and their three youngsters, Fox, 8, Madeline, 6, and Bryson, 4.
Finding the phrases to explain this time feels overwhelming, which might be why I take pictures. I’ve at all times navigated the world based mostly on my feelings and instincts, placing footage collectively from issues I don’t perceive.
We had been about to have fun my daughter’s sixth birthday in March after we received information that colleges, parks and lots of companies had been closing. The cake was baked, buddies invited and occasion actions deliberate. But that every one got here to a halt. Instead, we had been left to create our personal magical time.
Dwelling on the destructive feels unproductive. We can wallow in our grief and despair, worrying about how we’ll pay our payments or if we will afford to place meals on the desk. These are very severe and scary issues to consider, and as an grownup they really feel scarier as a result of they depart us feeling susceptible.
My youngsters can sense that one thing has modified, however they don’t absolutely perceive what is going on. They simply understand it means spending extra time at dwelling with household — taking part in board video games, exploring the neighborhood, watching motion pictures collectively, serving to put together dinner. Instead of college, Mom is now the principal and Dad is the easygoing artwork instructor.
I turned a father on April 21, 2012. That’s when my son, Fox, was born. Being a father has been great. As in images, you study a sure sense of fluidity, which, in a approach, ready me for the present state of affairs.
Now I get to spend extra time with the individuals I like, watching them study in actual time and address not having the ability to see their buddies.
My spouse and I’ve let go a bit. There continues to be a routine, however there’s extra room for journey and pleasure. We really feel blessed for what now we have. And, although now we have suffered financially, we’re in good well being and I do know that my children will come to cherish this time.
And in the event that they don’t, nicely, I’ll have some footage to remind them.
Documentary images is an adventurous job. But the factor about journey is that it doesn’t need to be grand or unique. You can discover journey within the rain puddles outdoors your window, the meals in your plate or the flowers in your yard.
And that’s the great thing about journey. We have the flexibility to instigate and revel in it.
Thankfully, my thoughts has not been cluttered with the entire negativity occurring on this planet. I’ve reached a plateau. A form of numbness. It’s given me a sure psychological freedom, permitting me to concentrate on creating. Everything the children do, or the whole lot that I see, feels monumental.
My children maintain me enthusiastic about life. They encourage me to be a greater individual, to be extra trustworthy and susceptible. They train me how you can see issues with new eyes. Maybe that is short-term or possibly it’s time for brand new progress — it’s arduous to say. But residing within the second certain is gratifying proper now.