The combination of images and titles were just an effort to express my thoughts about certain social trends that have developed during the Covid lockdown. With fewer publications offering opportunities to express opinions of this sort, I was simply taking the initiative to do these things and present them on my blog and to offer them for sale on my website.
As a rule, the images developed spontaneously over a couple of years. I added captions or titles later. In one case, however – the title image – the idea came from an email I was writing to an old high school friend in Ohio. We were exchanging opinions about the lockdown and I wrote her that I felt the world had turned upside down, but added that I was still rightside up. I immediately sensed an image and presented it to The New Yorker as a cover idea. When they rejected it, I went ahead and created it for myself.
Since I was the client, I worked on different versions of each image until I was happy with the final images. Since I'm just now launching a new website, I'll have to wait to see how other people react to the images, but frankly, the response I care about most is that I've expressed certain thoughts and whatever points I wanted to make. I'm also at work on more pictures, which I try to sandwich in between assignments for clients.