Brooklyn residents held messages to the world out their windows, and the photos are incredibly moving

Stephen LovekinStephen Lovekin’s portrait series documents people in their homes through a window and the message they want to share.
  • A photographer has created a portrait series which beautifully documents people self-isolating at home, taken through their windows.
  • Each photo taken by Stephen Lovekin shows a person or family sharing a message to the world during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Messages include “hope,” “alone together,” and “the machine can stop.”
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The photos were taken in Lovekin’s local Brooklyn neighbourhood of Ditmas Park.

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He was searching for a way to help people feel more connected to the outside world, despite being physically separated from one another.

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So Lovekin decided to ask neighbours to share a message with the world, whether personal, political, or spiritual.

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The first person Lovekin photographed was a 91-year-old artist, who happens to be his neighbour. “She is our landlady and lives alone in a studio in the top half of our house, where she continues to create artwork. I was inspired by her dedication to her work,” he said.

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“Through word of mouth and sharing on social, other people were asking me to get involved in the project, and it eventually started a snowball effect. I feel like I’m busier than when things were normal!” Lovekin added.

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The “Hope” image of a photographer with his family is Lovekin’s favourite. “I remember seeing the daughter with her hand on her knees, and her mother came out behind her with the word ‘Hope,’ and I knew that it would be a great group shot,” he said.

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“I enjoy photographing children — to see the innocence and naivety in the kids is bittersweet and beautiful,” Lovekin said.

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But he admitted it’s “hard to pick” one favourite image.

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Some people chose to write inspirational quotes …

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… others sent a powerful message …

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… some signs offered reminders to slow down …

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… and some simply documented this unprecedented situation we all find ourselves in.

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