David is a Hoboken-based photographer who translates his inspirations from fine art and history into commercially appealing imagery that is all his own.
How has the Pandemic affected you professionally?
The pandemic essentially put a stop to all business. Nobody wants to come to a studio, and nobody wants you in their studio.
How has the Pandemic affected you personally?
Once you have kids, you take extra precautions. There's this instinct to protect them, so the need to protect yourself to be there for them is crucial.
I've been reinventing my days - cooking a lot and having a good time, but it doesn’t take long for you start going little crazy. The kids all have online classes, so we have become the teachers - the bad guys - making sure that they get all their work done, which was something we never had to do before.
If we can just stay home and do our fair share, I think that would be the best thing, and it's not that difficult.
“I think it'll give everybody time to reevaluate who they are as a creative and where they want to go with their business."
How do you think this will impact the future of your industry?
I don't think it will be good. My fear is that everybody will learn to do their own photography. Everybody is reinventing themselves, and a lot of businesses will have reinvented themselves in a way that may not benefit individual creatives.
How are you adapting to these changes?
This gives me time to go over my existing work and edit. I've also joined a bunch of online groups of photographers who are discussing how we can continue doing business. It's been helpful to read about what others are doing to recoup the business they've lost
If you were to identify a silver lining, what would it be?
I think it'll give everybody time to reevaluate who they are as a creative and where they want to go with their business. I think there are gonna be some people that dial back, but it will trim down the industry a little bit, making it a little less competitive.