Edmonton photographer Rebecca Lippiot was doing front porch portraiture sessions in the spring of 2020, when she realized that the photos illustrate the Kovid-19 epidemic and its impact on everyday people.
“I want to document people’s covid experience,” Lippiot told Radio Active. “It should be recorded.”
It grew into a seed Edmonton during Covid, A collection of stories created with a $ 5,00 grant from the Edmonton Heritage Foundation. Lippiot hopes it will show future generations how the virus has transformed society into separate homes.
Lippiatt has a degree in science, specializes in microbiology and has a deep interest in infectious diseases.
In previous epidemiological research, he found many stories from the perspective of “caregivers” but described how the lives of the average citizen have changed.
“When you look back at past epidemics, you don’t have much history of how everyday people went through the epidemic.” She said.
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The first story she told was about an Edmonton mail carrier.
“For some people, it’s their only touch point with the outside world,” he said.
When she had a particular story in mind, Lippiot was listening to a nurse or child talking to her.
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At the beginning of his project, Lippiot found that most people were eager to talk. He said there is optimism about 2020 – the hope and feeling that the vaccine will fix everything.
This year, she finds that the people of her community are tired and broken.
Initially, people talked about adapting to the restrictions and other changes that came out of the epidemic.
In the summer of 2020, Lippiot wrote about a woman struggling with a “long covid” – chronic, chronic symptoms of the disease.
“At the same time I was really intrigued and scared because there was nothing about the long covid in the media,” Lippiatt said.
Looking back on her plan, she said she was thinking of her ex-husband’s grandmother, who was six when the influenza epidemic of 1918 reached her home in Britannia Beach, BC.
“She said she was the only person in her family who wasn’t sick. She remembers nursing family members.” Lippiatt said.
“Another thing she remembered was the coffins coming down from the mountain.”
He hopes that his writing project will eventually become part of a permanent collection of provincial or urban documents to give future historians a glimpse into the COVID-19 epidemic.
For her, the stories offer a kind of healing.
“I think when people read this, it helps them process their emotions around infectious disease,” Lippiott said.