These are surreal days. In a matter of a couple of weeks, America has gone from dismissing COVID-19 as a “hoax” to scrambling to limit contagion. Much of the world has done the unthinkable, shutting down public spaces and canceling major sports and entertainment events.
With workplaces shutting down, a lot of companies are moving toward telecommuting.
I did this for 8 years, working with colleagues on the other side of the planet (Sydney, Australia) to produce a men’s lifestyle website called Savvy.com. Then I continued it when I changed jobs and joined a TV network based from Los Angeles.
As an introvert, I absolutely loved it. I could go to visit the beach as long as I brought my laptop along and got my work done.
Like strong armor that will protect you as long as you aren’t stabbed in between the plates, this pandemic is revealing some gaping vulnerabilities in our society.
Ideally, our federal government should have taken notice in early January when a novel coronavirus was detected in China and started killing people over there. We needed containment measures then.
They should have started the process of mass-producing test kits to quickly diagnose it at the first signs of illness rather than waiting until the outbreak arrived on our shores. We could have “nipped this in the bud” early, as the saying goes.
We could have avoided widespread fear and imposing of “social distancing” policies that are ruining basketball season and canceling that concert you’ve been looking forward to since you bought the tickets in October. Tom Hanks wouldn’t be self-quarantined in his hotel room.
And the stock market wouldn’t be in a free-fall if markets felt confident that we were ahead of the curve, proactive instead of reactive.
Unfortunately, that’s not what happened.
Landmarks of DeKalb, Inc., brought the Alabama Shakespeare Festival to DeKalb County this week. I was at Saturday’s show in the Fort Payne Opera House. What a remarkable performance by these talented actors. We were so fortunate to have ASF visit our county, speak to kids at local schools and share their hard work for our entertainment.
I Miss L.A. Somebody give me a reason to fly out west!
I captured this Sand Mountain Sunset while on assignment in Geraldine, Alabama.
Fort Payne Police Department
I wanted to share a few more edits from my recent photo shoot with Greta.
I created this “group photo” of the cast of the dinner theater play “Deliver Us From Mama” at the request of director Amber Norman McPherson. It shows all 30 characters played by 11 cast members by combining them in a composite of several carefully choreographed different photos of various groupings following costume changes.
I did a photo shoot today with one of my favorite new faces, Greta, a model from Huntsville. Just 21 years old, she embodies youth and style. We first collaborated last spring, and it’s so nice connecting with her yet again.