Here we are, one year since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, and even with worldwide lockdowns and vaccination efforts, the virus doesn’t seem to slow down.
A lot of businesses around the world had to shut down temporarily and wait for better days, others went bankrupt, while some of the most fortunate managed to adapt to the new normal and continue working. Successive global lockdowns have affected everyone, both economically and psychologically.
How the COVID pandemic affected the creative industry in general and photography in particular? In many ways:
Travel photography became close to worthless in the past year. No travelling means no promotion for travel packages, so not much demand for photos of amazing, bucket-list destinations.
No events or public gatherings means no need for event photography, nor for conceptual imagery promoting these events.
Lots of weddings have been postponed, so wedding photographers took a serious hit as well.
Family and portrait photography? It happened only when necessary, as people generally restrained from meeting strangers, including photographers.
In short, most active photographers had a very rough year, no matter the genre they were mastering, including sports, advertising, automotive, you name it.
However, as Albert Einstein once said, in the midst of every crisis, lies an opportunity. And in this article, we’re celebrating the photographers and creatives who didn’t surrender in face of the pandemic but joined it instead and tried to continue their activity, within the limits of the new normal.
It’s not easy to create during the coronavirus pandemic outburst. Many models, locations, props have become inaccessible, either because of lockdowns or because of fear. For a long time, in the beginning, you couldn’t even find face masks (or toilet paper).
This is why the creatives who managed to continue working, despite all the drawbacks, should be even more appreciated.
Here are the top 10 stock creatives in the coronavirus pandemic:
From Spain, Niccolo Pontigia got creative with doctors, deliveries, barbers and more subjects, documenting what changed in our lives since the start of the pandemic.
From Moscow, Russian Federation, Alex N covered street life and our daily commuting routine and did a great job at it.
From Slovakia, Pojoslaw has been optimistic and focused on reopening the economy and restarting our lives under the new normal rules: schools, cafes, industry, travelling, he has left no topic untouched.
We’re used to seeing his photos in a bright, jovial tone, but his work turned darker when he started creating coronavirus subjects. From Canada, he’s a highly successful stock photographer.
Covid-19 tests, treatment, research and hospital life. From Germany, Robert Kneschke managed to build a large portfolio of good images related to the pandemic outburst. Definitely worth checking him out.
From Thailand, Benjawan Sittidech gathered quite a good amount of photos depicting life in the pandemic, especially on travel and transportation in Asia.
From Belarus, Ivan Zelenin caught our eyes with his couple and wedding pictures under pandemic rules.
From Bosnia, Eldar Nurkovic has covered the shopping experience in the pandemic and the multitude of emotions front line workers must have felt during all this time.
From Thailand, Akesin was one of the first photographers to submit good images of coronavirus vaccination efforts, making all of us feel the hope that all this madness will end sooner than later.
From Ukraine, Hulko Svitlana showed us the many ways in which our lives can continue, under social distancing and health safety rules. A portfolio based on business, travel, shopping and leisure activities that may inspire you.
Of course, there are plenty of other photographers in the Dreamstime community who are still working hard during the Covid-19 outbreak and we’re admiring all of them. The Coronavirus Pandemic collection features more than 300 inspiring images, created by 180 photographers from all over the world.
What matters the most in these times, is to never give up and fight with all our means, so we can leave the pandemic behind and see each other safe when all this will be over.