Were you to walk through New York’s empty streets at the moment, you might find a photograph amidst the palimpsest of stickers, adverts and now redundant gig posters pasted on graffiti-tagged walls.
Arina Voronova’s project “The Act of Love” features portraits of loved ones kissing. Sort of. Their blue facemasks prevent their lips from touching. These are images sure to bring a smile to your face, striking for their simple, vital message: love is resilient, even in a time of crisis.
These are images sure to bring a smile to your face, striking for their simple, vital message: love is resilient, even in a time of crisis
“It all started as a small-scale personal project a month ago,” Voronova tells whynow, adding that the project was postponed due to the shortage of masks in New York’s stores. “The negativity of the news related to the virus has such a heavy impact on our minds and behaviour,” she says. To counteract which, she sought to take the weight off with her camera.
To get the uneasy quibbles out the way. No, Voronova’s models aren’t complying with social distancing advice. Yes, the models are people co-habitating. Funny how none of this would have occurred to us even six weeks ago, and how quick we are to point proverbial fingers. “Nothing spreads faster than fear,” reads the tagline to Steven Soderbergh’s 2011 film Contagion, and although cheesy, there’s some truth to it. Especially in a time of such uncertainty.