I’m a visual artist and arts educator with limited formal training in photography. This project is an opening step for a growing interest in urban poetic documentary.

Pandemic Nightwalks began during the early days of the Covid-19 lockdown in March of 2020. Throughout the spring and summer, I found myself working entire days at the computer, for my teaching and increased involvement in community organizing. I often took the recommended daily walk after dark. I was fascinated by the quiet emptiness of the streets of my northside neighborhood.

I soon discovered the night mode function of the iPhone 11 cameras. This tool was seemingly effortless to use, and I became enchanted by it, grateful for the creative outlet during this difficult time. An approach to documenting emerged, and the images I captured fell naturally into albums: streets, alleys, trees, doors, courtyards, buildings, the train, and spaces in between.



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Funding was provided by a part-time faculty grant from Columbia College Chicago.