Strands of art
BY: Brandy Arevalo
All of my work represents what community is to me during the COVID19 pandemic when my family and I have been home all of the days. Community has been more about who and what is inside my house. Normally there are parts of life that happen, and we don't really think about highlighting the process, for example, getting a haircut. We normally show how our hair looks in the end, but not the materials, the mess of hair left behind, and the time it takes. The way we can document all of these processes in photography allows us to analyze our life and the community we form from different perspectives. During this quarantine, I began to think about all that needs to be done to get something like doing your hair. As we know, at this time we cannot go to a barbershop, so our community shows up with our family and in our homes where we can give support to each other. While this is reality because we don't have a choice to go out and get a haircut, we need to see the world inside of our houses too, because that's where we can have time with family and have those memories and see all the things that surround us. This collection of photographs taken over the last three months show how daily life can be seen in different ways. This photo essay shows how we all can relate to one another at this time, with the need for a haircut and moving the salon inside, and that there is actually more to analyze in these photos. Looking at life in this way, through analyzing these photos and the stories they are telling from different perspectives, leaves us really thinking about the stories behind the photos and the way we come together even when we are apart.