In late March, Washington, D.C. announced official "stay at home" orders. Since then, I have been staying in my apartment for most of the time. The life of quarantine is new to me, and for sure, is new to everyone of you. I have never spent so much time alone at home for consecutive days. This sudden change has altered our daily lives and given us plenty of time to self-reflect.
Surrounded by white walls, I live in a basement apartment in Northwest DC, with a few square-sized windows exposing the sunlight. My apartment sits on a one-way street and only two small windows face the street. The traffic is light on our street, but every time cars drive by I hear the engines. Being alone in an apartment has made me highly alert to every hint of sounds, including coffee boiling, roommates walking upstairs, rain dropping, tap water dripping, stove sizzling, washing machines running, and etc. I have also become well acquainted with my shadows. My shadows are reflected everywhere in the apartment. I have never paid so much attention to my shadows until this time of upheaval.
Mental health has been a popular discussion during these times. How to pay attention to our souls, take care of our feelings, and adjust our ways to stay safe has certainly tested us like never before. The quarantine has certainly provided much time for self-reflection. So I made a slideshow of my shadows changing in the house, with the change of lamp, fluorescent and natural lights.