5th September, 2020

by Nissa Edmonds

Before the pandemic, the longest time I had spent at home over the past four years was a little over a month. During those weeks, I slept until noon and did absolutely nothing as was customary for the rare moments when I was not working or in school. I had conditioned myself to view home as a space where I could turn my academic mind completely off. So, when my senior spring ended abruptly in March and left me trying to graduate from my childhood bedroom, I felt awkward and out of place. I struggled with the simultaneous warmth and discomfort of being at home, my stressed and disorganized mind trying to manage a virtual course load, and the forgiveness I was trying to give to myself in difficult times. When I looked for a way to tie my experiences together visually I found myself naturally gravitating towards color pairings. The colors in my home and outdoors remained the most constant comfort during a time when it felt like my life was static while my beliefs about the world shifted constantly. These images are an attempt to show the unfiltered realities of my day to day life in quarantine - from the messiness of being holed up studying in my room to the peace found in orange eyeshadow and sun-basking.

Nissa Edmonds is a neuroscientist in training and an aspiring photographer. She thrives in good sunlight and enjoys using photography to explore herself, conventional notions of femininity, and the nuances of blackness. You can follow her @nissalens on Instagram.