Frame Of Mind - The Balcony Project

Name: Leah Bury

Country of Origin: Germany

Occupation: Product Designer at Biotech Startup

"Initially, I thought the corona virus would be similar to the SARS or Ebola outbreaks. I expected many people would likely get sick and die, but I also expected it to remain relatively locally contained and to end soon. I did not expect the virus to spread as quickly and as far as it did, nor to be impacting my life or my family’s life in any way." 

"I feel anxious and scared. I am worried about my parents who live in Germany. I feel helpless, and this situation feels completely surreal. I also feel ignorant about not having taken this seriously early on, and selfish for ignoring human suffering and tragedies until they hit home." 

"I try to keep up a “normal” life and routine. Instead of going to the gym, I work out at home. Instead of going to the office, I sit at my desk. I shop online and have become an expert using google translate. I speak with my family more. I spend more time on my computer and miss being outdoors." 

"It is a humbling experience to see how a virus can make the world stop. It puts things in perspective and makes me appreciate things I had previously taken for granted: having a job, being able to take long walks, go to the swimming pool, the beach, to bars and restaurants with friends, and traveling. I feel a stronger sense of togetherness with the rest of the world, seeing everyone is going through this together."

"Yes and no. I think humans tend to easily forget how a situation was, once it is over. Therefore, (sadly) I doubt our feelings of gratitude and appreciation that we experience now, will remain. I also doubt our corona-related fears and anxieties will stay with us for a long after this outbreak is over. I do believe many things will change - technology will adapt to the possibility of another potential outbreak, our privacy and freedom might be more restricted. It will change the way we travel. All in all, I don’t think the world will be the same, we’ll define and settle in to a new kind of normal."

"My workouts. Speaking with my family. Knowing we’re all in this together. Reminding myself to be grateful. Sunshine. Chocolate. Lunch on my balcony." 

Everyone’s view from their balconies is different - literally and metaphorically speaking. That is how I feel about people’s lives and experiences during these times of corona, and what makes this project so special: we might live in the same apartment, but we all have a different story to tell." 

Photography: Eitan Riklis

Text: Leah Bury

© Eitan Riklis Photography 2020

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