Emily Schiffer is a photographer and mixed media artist interested in the intersection between art, community engagement, and social change. She is a Co-founder and Creative Director of We, Women , the largest social impact photography...
Focus:Photographer, Photojournalist, Street Art
Skills:Digital Printing, Film Scanning, Adobe Photoshop, Book Layout/Design, Photo Editing, Black & White Printing, Mixed Media, Curating, Exhibition Design, Multimedia Production, Photojournalism, Sculpting
March 25, 2020: Lola and I are in her room when flute music stops us in our tracks. Our neighbor is playing an impromptu backyard concert. We open the window and let the music flood in. Lola dances on the windowsill for a good half hour.
April 24, 2020: Yesterday one of our best friends turned 6. Four families on the block came out with signs for a socially distanced rendition of happy birthday. Afterwards the kids gleefully jumped in puddles. I’ve lost track of how long it’s been since we went out front. Needless to say it was the highlight of our lockdown. So much has changed since the beginning of the pandemic. Most of us have lost people we love and the kids no longer need reminding to stay far apart.
March 27, 2020: Quarantined on our stoop, Lola watches her friends on bikes ride by. Yesterday she was allowed to pass a soccer ball with the other kids. Today news of friends with the virus coupled with a new tightness in my chest prompts me to take extra precautions. I've changed the rules again, and inconsistency makes things harder.
April 2, 2020: After bickering over school-prescribed worksheets that neither of us want to do, Lola releases pent up energy to the background song of incessant ambulance sirens. I am grappling with the instability and anxiety these days hold, and decide in this moment to forgo phonics and math in favor of just about anything that sparks joy.
May 5, 2020: Today Lola discovered gel. Unfortunately for her it was only a curl enhancer, not the kind that stiffens the hair and keeps it from moving. To achieve her desired look she used half the jar. Here, we are washing it out before bedtime.
March 21, 2020: A few weeks ago I posted an image of Lola dancing on the windowsill while our neighbor played his flute in the backyard, and I mentioned that she's been begging for flute lessons. The mother of my former students saw the flute and sent us one she'd had kicking around since her daughter was in middle school. Lola was delighted to receive it and has been teaching herself ever since.
March 21, 2020: Our 8 month old son is the only one who doesn't understand that life is different. For him everything is new and exciting. Here my husband Thierry shows him the big leaves of our rubber tree.