"I find myself exhausted though my quarantine days are filled with very little movement. I long for places to go and people to see; I am grieving the could-have, would-have, should-have-beens. I am grateful that I am safe and it is my responsibility to keep others safe, so I have been staying inside and learning to spend time with myself. I have found solace in the fact that the trees are turning green — they remind me that we are all still growing — I am eager to see how much stronger we are on the other side of the current pandemic."
~ Sam Mallon
Before I go
by MORGAN HORNSBY
A REFLECTION ON HOME
~ Morgan Hornsby
A time of unexpected self awareness
By morgan bass
"I used to be an extrovert, someone who would strike up conversations with strangers for fun. After half a year in social isolation, the mere thought of putting myself out there like that is suffocating. Since March of 2020, I have been on a downward spiral into a pit of panic attacks and depressive episodes. I have been trying to act like the person I was before, but there is a piece that is now missing from that person that I used to be, and I am not sure how to pretend that it isn't."
~ Morgan Bass
FAMILY CHURCH SERVICE
“The first thing I’m doing when quarantine is over is going to church,” Catherine Taylor said. Much like her husband, she has missed very few Sundays attending virtual services on the front porch of her home, but she longs to be back praying in the church building she grew up in. “I know that church isn’t just a building, but I can’t wait to be worshiping with my church family again.”
~ Family photo by Rachel Taylor
The camera as a tool
Photo students documented their lives at the beginning of the pandemic
The Best Damn Thing
by lily estella thompson
MAKING IT THROUGH
"Upon reflection of our relationship throughout the pandemic, Brandon and I try to make sense about what went wrong and what went right during this time of isolation. In a video, and through images I took, we were both forced to come to terms and understand ourselves what it has been like living together through one of the most historic times in our lives."
~ Lily Estella Thompson
This pandemic has caused so much harm, decimating and dividing communities.
But we persevered and found our passion to tell stories that carried us, helping to find ourselves.
by Western Kentucky University's Photojournalism Program
"While the COIVD-19 pandemic takes over, I try to find the light in the situation no matter how impossible it seems. Continuing to find myself and blossom like I was in my first year of college has taken an unexpected turn, but I will make do. After every storm there is a rainbow, you just have to look for it."
~ Grace Bailey