Live dance may largely be on hold, but there’s still beauty and catharsis outside of theaters, in the movements we encounter every day. We asked four photographers to show us how people are physically navigating a world in which awareness of our bodies — how much space we take up, whether we’re six feet from our neighbor — has become the norm.
Camilo Fuentealba staked out New York’s hottest club — Costco — in addition to local businesses around the city where residents were buying essentials. “I decided to explore how we move in and out of these routine places, documenting the daily rituals we must partake in just to survive,” he said.
“During quarantine, supermarkets, along with a handful of other locations, were the center of the universe, a lingering remnant of reality. They were the only walls in which we were allowed — sometimes forced — to be in proximity to strangers.”
Jillian Freyer photographed her sister and mother’s quarantine pas de deux in the backyard of her mother’s home in Connecticut. “I am drawn to the fragments in between the staged,” she said, “when people are open and vulnerable, moving between moments with ease.”
“The way we move has changed in the past year, indoor spaces seeming claustrophobic and our outdoor spaces not vast enough, backyards and gardens reinvented into havens,” she said. “We’ve become resourceful and grateful for the places we occupy and with whom.”
“These otherwise small moments of hanging the laundry, embracing, moving about the backyard — they suddenly need to be something more meaningful.”
Jutharat Pinyodoonyachet stationed herself in Manhattan’s tourist-filled areas during the holiday rush. “Catching these split seconds of movements is fun for me,” she said. “Suddenly, at some point, reality can become surreal in photography.”
Noah Sahady captured the harmony of rock climbers and nature in San Bernardino National Forest: Climbing, he said, brings him into environments where solitude doesn’t feel so out of place.
“I think there is so much nuance and beauty and tension in the movement of climbing, especially in the intricacies of how hands and fingers can interact with rock,” he said, “or add to, but also deteriorate the environment.”