In 2018 I started a little project with the goal of photographing as many churches of the Western Cape as I could. Through 2019 I collected some more photos, however, the project was halted a bit during 2020. For obvious reasons.
I went on one trip this year. My father took me camping in the Cederberg for my birthday back in February. When I look back to that time, I cannot believe how different my life was.
2020 has tested us all. It was the year that changed everything. For me, it was the year I was retrenched. As a person who lives with depression I feared falling into a pit of despair. And I did, for a bit. It was hard not to.
We are all on this weird and dangerous journey. We all deal with the pressures of life and the pandemic differently.
I went into survival mode. I decided on how I want my life to look from now on, and I started crafting it. I decided to take control of how I work, live and play. I decided that working for a company and having to sit at a desk from 8 – 5 just did not suit me. Nor did sitting in traffic.
And slowly, but surely, I am getting there, by freelancing. I get to set my own hours, having the time to fetch my boys from school, even if that means working late into the night. It works for me and my little family.
I have also been spending my weekends driving around the city, looking for churches to photograph. This is just a small thing that gives me joy.
The only way out is through, and you get to decide how you navigate this new world. I love this quote from The Stand, by Stephen King (which has been made into a new limited series by the way). Have you read the book?
“No one can tell what goes on in between the person you were and the person you become. No one can chart that blue and lonely section of hell. There are no maps of the change. You just come out the other side. Or you don’t.” ― Stephen King, The Stand
Churches of the Western Cape: 2020 Edition
It really is the little things that help you get through the tough times. From reading, eating great food, phone calls with your loved ones, all of which I did! I also managed a few mini road trips around the city. How have you tried to stay sane?