Last year, it took me nearly 11 months to write my Alt Summit blog post. This year, two months. I’m not just that much more proactive this year. To be frank, I did a major update and refresh of all images on my portfolio pages because I’ve got a lot more time on my hands than I’m used to – thanks, COVID-19? – and a lot of images from my week long stint as an Alt staff photographer.
It’s a weird time right now. We’re all stuck in quarantine trying to figure out what this means for our communities, our cities and ourselves, obviously. It’s stressful and anxiety inducing and we’ve got no idea of when our social distancing will end. For many of my fellow Alt Summit attendees, it left us in a foreign state of limbo. We had connected with so many others, made plans on how to grow our crafts and businesses only to have the rug swept out from under us.
The Alt community is resilient and a great resource, even in this trying time. Alt Summit released videos of popular sessions in case you missed them the first time, attendees are offering online coaching sessions, webinars and mentoring. And maybe you’re like me, not ready to find your way back to productivity. That’s okay, have patience with yourself. You’ll find your way back and there always will be craft kits when you’re ready.
I’m grateful that I got the opportunity to document Alt again – especially as an Alt staff photographer. (Check out last year’s blog post here.) I met some wonderful women that are my support system through this. I know a few things to keep in mind for next year if I’m lucky enough to get the opportunity again (carve out more time for myself, calibrate my lenses beforehand and I prefer staying in/nearer to the hotels to name a few). Here’s some shots from this year!