Emma Simard

Photography/Video | she/her ︎︎

Occurring alongside a global recession, a rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans, Black Lives Matter protests, and an unprecedented U.S. election, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on many people while reshaping their habits, values, and outlook on life. Many who have been able to connect with others during this crisis have shared images that build a common narrative about life in isolation. I have been inspired by these images and stories that unite us. In my work, the use of light and shadow reflects the serious nature of this time period while the subject matter and their gestures reflect the hope and resilience I have witnessed throughout the year. Through this work, I connect with others by sharing images that reflect a common experience while preserving a story about this moment in time.