Photographer Creativity During Quarantine Part 2

Another part of this mini-series.

We wrote an article on Erin´s creative and artistic expression caused by quarantine last week. For the original article click here! Today we are bringing you some more of her home tools in the role of sceneries.

Let´s take a look at next 5 “home-travel” photos.

#6 Jello Lake

“Over the past few weeks I have been thinking a lot about the nature of creativity and how ideas come to us. These days it is easy to feel like you are in competition, but I have never once experienced this to be the posture that supports long-term success or a feeling of peace.”

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Behind the scenes

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#7 Laundry Coast Highway

“When I’m doing these shoots, I often catch myself audibly laughing… at myself, and the ridiculousness of what I am doing. That said, it’s fun. I can’t remember the last time I allowed myself an element of true play within my work, and this has been a reminder of just how important that is.”

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Erin adds “The other important thing this has done for me is to keep me connected to travel & the outdoors. Even if I can’t be out there right now, the little figures in my images can be. And for now, I’ll live vicariously through them.”

Behind the scenes

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#8 Parsley Oasis

“As countries begin conversations about opening up again, many have asked me if I’ll continue this series after quarantine.”

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The answer is yes. These tiny adventures have helped me tremendously during this time, and have made a home for themselves in my body of work. This series has been a lesson in infinite possibility. A reminder that there are creative solutions to be found.”

Behind the scenes

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#9 Camping With SaltandStraw

“…This was my first time photographing ice cream–– and this is REALLY the real ice cream itself…”

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Behind the scenes

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#10 Watermelon World

(We recommend you to read Erin´s comment)

“Since diversity is on everyone’s minds right now, I wanna talk a bit about that within this project. If you do a quick search online for model train figures, you will find that the OVERWHELMING majority of the figures are white. Like zero ambiguity. More than 95% of what most model train brands offer are fair-skinned figures.”

“There are probably plenty of reasons for this homogeneity, obviously, the biggest one being that whiteness has been centered here for hundreds of years. But I just want to use it as an example. That our “diversity” efforts must extend all the way to these tiny figures–– they must extend e v e r y where. So that inclusivity gets all the way to the details. So that people aren’t subliminally told that they don’t matter anymore. So that people can see THEMSELVES when they want to do a simple art project on some rainy Tuesday.”


Working in the outdoor, travel, and photography industries, when I as a white woman have inquired about seeking more diversity in front of and behind the camera & microphone, I have heard:


“We just don’t know anyone.”
“They just aren’t out there!”
“The majority of ______ are white, that’s not our fault.”
This is straight-up lazy. But now that many have been forced to talk the talk, I look forward to being a squeaky wheel asking how they are walking the walk (and that includes looking at myself & my photography business!).

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“In the case of these figures, I use Photoshop to adjust skin tones. I am working on portraying different body types & disabilities as well, but haven’t gotten there yet. If anybody has requests for what you would like to see, please let me know.”

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“I forgot to take a BTS photo of this set, whoops. The “water” is super thinly sliced watermelon. Everything else is kinda obvious. Love you all.”

It seems like Erin is not just a great creative mind, with a very extraordinary perspective but also a kind person with big heart.

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