TOKYO-2020 Editorial / Photo Essay

What Happens Now?

  • Prize
    Bronze in Editorial/Photo Essay
  • Photographer
    Stephen Spiller
  • Photo Date

We live enshrouded by an invisible, life-threatening virus, targeting everyone, especially the unwary, the naive, the poor, etc. Has COVID-19 altered what we think about/remember/prepare for? “What Happens Now” intends to view living unprepared for irrational dying; to juxtapose pre-and-post-pandemic thinking/perspective. This is about how people process news announcing 100,000 deaths by ignoring, denying, ridiculing, etc. the existence/impact of an opportunistic invader. How well we prepare for the next invasion depends upon learning lessons about the science/psychology of the current one.

I work and live in Long Island City, NY, USA. My work involves political, and social themes. Self-educated, I combine my work with images recontextualized from other arenas, using text and digital manipulation. I explore racial prejudice, religion, women’s issues, gun violence, etc. I have made work about fashion, prostitution, aging, gender, rape, misogyny, etc. I have exhibited in the U.S. and internationally, e.g. New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA; Miami Beach, FL; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Arles, France; Malaga, Spain; Thessaloniki, Greece; Venice, Italy; Berlin, Germany; Barcelona, Spain; more