April 30, 2020

What are the psychological effects of experiencing Covid-19?

Ewan Buchan

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Digital photographyNadir, 2020

This recent image originally dealt with the psychological difficulties felt when someone is in the throws of a deep melancholy. When coronavirus began to emerge I immediately felt that it was also reflective of how someone with the disease could find themselves during and, surviving, after experiencing such a severe illness. Being isolated is a lonely experience, and the image of being in a dark cell came to mind. The image of the diseased as a leper, of being ostracised from society came to mind. The image of someone torn and bruised internally from the illness also came to mind. I also thought of the stigma of having the disease, of how in some sectors of society the survivor could be perceived. All of these things wove themselves into this image.