Safer at Home on the Front Porch: A Photo Essay
Eric Schwierske is a PBS Wisconsin Media Production Engineer. Photography is his hobby. Here’s what Schwierske had to say about this photo essay for the No Place Like Home project:
May 11, 2020
This project started out of a desire to see loved ones face to face from a safe distance. Visiting with friends and family was a way for me to create distinction between my time working from home and free time at home. Capturing these photos allowed me to use one of my talents to document people outside the place where they are spending almost all of their time. Surprisingly, everyone I talked to was willing to be a subject and no one gave a second thought to the clothes they were wearing or what they looked like in the photo. All the smiles you see in the album came as natural as I have ever seen in my time as a photographer. For me, a big takeaway was the optimism I encountered on every porch. While it was clear that everyone longed for a day with more in-person social contact, there was an unsaid consensus that we would be all right, and come out stronger on the other side.