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Episode 26 – Taking Photos During a Pandemic

You’ve probably seen a lot of images while you’re staying inside during the COVID-19 pandemic. Maybe you’ve seen images of people protesting stay-at-home orders. Or perhaps you’ve seen a feature on a photographer offering ‘porch portrait sessions’ during this time of social distancing. But should photographers be taking photos during a pandemic?

I sit down to talk with photographer and friend, Jeremy Harris, to discuss just that topic.

You may recall Jeremy’s work from earlier episodes of the podcast. He has a penchant for photographing abandoned spaces. Since the world is basically one big abandoned space right now, I thought Jeremy would be a perfect guest to discuss whether or not photographers should be taking pictures during the coronavirus pandemic.

We discuss whether we think there’s an imperative for photographers to be documenting this moment in time as well as whether or not ‘porch portrait’ sessions are actually safe for everyone involved.

Listen to the episode below:

What do you think? Is it okay to be out taking photos during the COVID-19 pandemic? Are porch portrait sessions okay?

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Jeremy Harris, Nashville Photographer

“My photography career began in San Francisco assisting some of the Bay Area’s top editorial, advertising, and architectural photographers. I began building my own body of work as a photographer for Kerrang! Magazine, shooting artists such as Ozzy Osbourne at his Hollywood Hills home, Slayer on tour in Mexico City, and Mastodon in Miami Beach. A special assignment photographing abandoned asylums — a longtime personal project, later published in Mother Jones Magazine — brought my business to the East Coast, where I lived for 8 years. I now call Nashville, Tennessee my home, but still travel all over the US on assignment. I have since shot ongoing sports projects for Bicycling Magazine, MMA, and prominent professional boxers. Artists I’ve shot for longtime client iHeartRadio include Blake Shelton, Alanis Morrissette, ZZ Top, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Cheap Trick. Live event photography has included the Warped Tour, Metallica’s Orion Festival, Ozzfest and Rock Star Energy Mayhem Festival. Additional specialties include catalog photography, brand activations, and corporate events.”

You can check out Jeremy’s website at – and you can follow along with him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

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