Capturing portraits of sheltering in place

Fri, 04/10/2020 - 1:45pm

Island resident and artist Tracy Finn created the idea of capturing an inside look into islanders’ lives in lockdown during COVID-19.

“I had a thought of photographing people in their doorways or yards as a way to document this time that we’re all going through,” said Finn.

Finn has already begun collecting photographs of island residents, including a shot of island residents Socha Cohen standing in her door entrance, and Cindy Lemon sitting on her porch reading a book.

Finn is respecting and following social distancing protocols, and will be taking photographs from a distance.

“I found I can safely document this time we’re in. Zoom lens, from afar, drive by. What does your shelter in place look like? Let me know if you would like a drive-by,” said Finn.

To have your photo taken or to learn more about this project, Finn can be reached by email at

“I would like this collection of images to be compiled as a way to mark this time for us, and for future generations to look back on. I recently found a box of photos that my grandfather took in World War II. They’re not of the war, but they captured people living their lives while the war was happening. This was an inspiration for this project . . . I thought this would be a nice, safe way of us being able to be creative together, [and] everyone can be a part of this,” said Finn.

This is a developing story.