Pandemic portraits: Saskatoon photographer captures life during physical distancing
SASKATOON -- During ongoing self-isolation orders across the country, a Saskatoon photographer says she’s on a mission to spread joy during an uncertain time.
“The fact that it just brings people joy and happiness and I thought it was a really neat idea to document this part of our history right now,” said Jenn Diehl from Ensoul and Endearment Imagery. “It’s different, it’s uncertain, but it needs to be documented.”
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Diehl was inspired by Cara Soulia, a photographer in Needham, Mass., who started a movement called #TheFrontStepsProject.
Diehl figured, why not start the project in Saskatoon?
Diehl said she posted on March 22 what her plans were to bring #TheFrontStepsProject to the Bridge City and by the next morning her inbox was full of requests.
“I went to 60 houses in three days,” Diehl said.
Given the nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and the fact people have lost jobs and working hours, she’s not charging for the photo. She’d rather see her clients make a donation to the Saskatoon Food Bank.
“It’s all about bringing a community together because literally we’re all in this together and everyone needs help and kindness.”