Reexploring digital art in quarantine

May 31, 2020, 10:08 p.m.

As a photographer, you are always trying to best express your creative processes. Whether it’s through the right subject, lighting, position — you try to do your best to convey a feeling.  

During quarantine, I’ve been trying to reexplore what photography as a medium of art means to me. I haven’t been practicing photography much lately, so just putting the camera into my hand felt weird. These photos were taken at the places I’ve been going to during quarantine — my backyard, my grandparent’s backyard and the empty parking lot behind their house.  

While taking these photos was definitely refreshing, and a lot of fun, I still felt bored. These pictures didn’t hold a particular purpose; they weren’t “moving.” These are simply photos of the things and people around me. It was just for fun. So I decided to step out of my comfort zone and stay with that same flow of fun.  

Editing has always been scary to me, up to the point where I will try to get my settings perfect when I go out to shoot, so that I don’t have to edit as much. But now I see how fun it can be.  This work definitely isn’t the most original, or super different. But as I didn’t really know what I was going to get out of these photos before I started editing them, I feel like they’re some cool work.

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Kamilah Arteaga (she/her ‘23) is a Latine East Bay Arean graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. Visit her website to learn more about how you can help those facing gentrification and housing issues in the Bay Area.

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