Pandemic Response Committee

March 2020.

I’m moving slowly these days, settling into a new routine at home. Tending to seedlings, taking long walks in the woods, being intentional about making healthy meals, and limiting screen-time as much as possible. 

Maybe one day I’ll shape this project into something more. For now, I’ll just document the experience as it unfolds.

Hadley, Early April 2020.

I take a long walk almost every day and am beginning to appreciate the pace of shapelessness. I’ve stopped wearing a watch and am reading more poetry. My hair is growing long, longer than it’s been in twenty years.

I’ve discovered the sunny window in my bedroom is a nice place to work. I’m mending and making amends. I’m watching flowers bloom as I bury old ideas (alongside the tubers).  

Vermont, April 2020.

It’s been a month since Governor Baker issued a stay at home order: Residents are advised to stay home and avoid unnecessary travel and other unnecessary activities during this two-week time period.

Dylan is building a yurt on the ridge and I always say hello to the chickens when we arrive. I believe these things are necessary. 

Late April 2020. 

The daffodils are going strong and the seedlings are slowly sizing up. I’ve been foraging. I filed for unemployment. After a failed attempt at making my own sourdough starter, Heather shared hers with me. This week I’ll bake bread.

Weekend Update: building, baking, and googly eyes. 

End of April 2020.

I’m listening to the wind and watching morning doves make their nest in a bush outside my window. I’m chasing light in every corner of the house. 

There are nearly three million confirmed COVID19 cases globally, nearly one third of all cases are in the United States. As of today, Massachusetts ranks third in the country with 53,348 confirmed cases. 

Reading. Thinking. Waiting. Watching. Listening. Writing.

May Day, 2020.

May Day: A celebration for the return of spring. I’m planting kale, collards, beets, peas, and radishes.

May Day: International Worker’s Day. Over thirty million people have filed for unemployment in the last six weeks.  

Mayday: International distress signal.

Mayday. Mayday. Mayday.

First week of May, 2020.

Yes, this year feels a little different than the year before. 

Candace Hope is a documentary photographer and creative producer living on the border of Southern VT & Western Massachusetts, on unceded territory of the Abenaki people (link to Native Land Map where you can learn whose land you are on). 

She studied photography at Phoenix College and The International Center for Photography. Her work has been published by The Huffington Post, Fast Company, Take Magazine, The Valley Advocate, and Imbibe Magazine, and has been exhibited at the Sharon Arts Center, the Vermont Center for Photography, and the Northampton Center for the Arts. She is a recipient of the Western Mass Creative awards for her work with SHOFCO, a humanitarian non-profit based in Nairobi, Kenya. A recent personal project, Ending the Silence: #metoo, was awarded a visual arts grant from the Northampton Arts Council and was exhibited at the Northampton Center for the Arts in October 2019.

In addition to her work as a photographer, Candace has extensive experience leading teams of designers, developers, illustrators, animators, copywriters and brand strategists to achieve award-winning outcomes on complex creative projects. She has managed teams working on websites, ad campaigns, capital campaigns, product packaging, brand identity, animation, and more.

Candace teaches digital media for the Vermont Governor’s Institute of the Arts each summer, and serves on the steering committee for Art Tech Nature Culture. She also serves on the Public Safety Advisory Committee in the town where she lives, and periodically volunteers on the development committee for the Vermont Center for Photography.

Drop a line if you’d like to collaborate on a project.

2019 Northampton Arts Council, Visual Arts Grant for Ending the Silence
2019 Western MA Creative Awards, Best of Show (Concept Development)
2019 Western MA Creative Awards, Gold x3 (Producer)
2019 Western MA Creative Awards, Judge’s Choice x3 (Producer)
2015 Western MA Creative Awards,  Best of Show, SHOFCO (Photographer)
2015 Western MA Creative Awards, Gold Award, SHOFCO (Photographer)

2019 @33 Hawley, Portraits of Pathlight, Group Show
2019 Northampton Center for the Arts, Ending the Silence: #metoo, Solo Show
2016 Vermont Center for Photography, Group Show, Juried Exhibition
2016 Sharon Arts Center, Group Show, Contemporary Works In, On, and Around Music

2016 Take Magazine
2016 Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
2015 The Valley Advocate
2015 Fast Company
2014 The Huffington Post

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