Philly’s coronavirus response

These Philly stay-at-home portraits show resilience in the face of the pandemic

“Through the Lockdown Glass” was photographed following all coronavirus social distancing rules.

Nile under quarantine

Nile under quarantine

Left Eyed Studios/ Jared Gruenwa
Jared Gruenwald

Jared Gruenwald is the proprietor of Left Eyed Studios in Philly’s Kensington neighborhood. View more of his work here, and follow on Instagram here.


As a portrait photographer, my business has pretty much stalled. As has my social life.

Being locked down due to COVID-19 is taking a toll on all of us in pretty much every way imaginable. I miss work. I miss my friends. I miss being alone because I choose to be alone. I miss being stuck in my house with my family because I choose to be stuck in my house with my family. I think I even miss traffic.

This whole crazy situation has really made me appreciate how important routine casual interactions are. On the flip side, I’ve also realized how foreign isolation feels — especially from those you’re used to seeing often.

I love random encounters with random people. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a simple smile from a passerby or sympathizing with the dude behind me at the grocery store who’s pissed off because someone’s slow at self checkout. Being around people keeps me going. It fuels me. And now, it seems even making eye contact is off limits.

So, back to my friends. What were they all doing? How were they all handling this order to shelter in place? We had some group Zoom “happy hours,” which was honestly something I really looked forward to, but I wanted to see them in person.

I decided I would visit them while engaging in proper social distancing. I started driving by their houses and texted them to come to their windows or doors when I showed up. Some got fair warning, others not so much.

When they appeared, I popped out of my car door (or sunroof) and snapped a few shots.

There wasn’t much conversation but just seeing familiar faces in person and shooting their portraits seems enough to keep me sane for just a little bit longer.

Fall Guy under quarantine

Fall Guy under quarantine

Left Eyed Studios / Jared Gruenwald

 

El under quarantine

El under quarantine

Left Eyed Studios / Jared Gruenwald

 

Patty under quarantine

Patty under quarantine

Left Eyed Studios / Jared Gruenwald

 

Melanie, Will, Monika and Lincoln under quarantine

Melanie, Will, Monika and Lincoln under quarantine

Left Eyed Studios / Jared Gruenwald

 

Steve and Beth under quarantine

Steve and Beth under quarantine

Left Eyed Studios / Jared Gruenwald

 

Olivia under quarantine

Olivia under quarantine

Left Eyed Studios / Jared Gruenwald

 

Jaime and Justyn under quarantine

Jaime and Justyn under quarantine

Left Eyed Studios / Jared Gruenwald

 

Sean under quarantine

Sean under quarantine

Left Eyed Studios / Jared Gruenwald

 

Chris and Randi under quarantine

Chris and Randi under quarantine

Left Eyed Studios / Jared Gruenwald

 

Carmella under quarantine

Carmella under quarantine

Left Eyed Studios / Jared Gruenwald

 

LIsa and Jonathan under quarantine

LIsa and Jonathan under quarantine

Left Eyed Studios / Jared Gruenwald

 

Laura and Jake under quarantine

Laura and Jake under quarantine

Left Eyed Studios / Jared Gruenwald

 

Steph under quarantine

Steph under quarantine

Left Eyed Studios / Jared Gruenwald

 

Fritz, Rachel, Yancy and Phoebe under quarantine

Fritz, Rachel, Yancy and Phoebe under quarantine

Left Eyed Studios / Jared Gruenwald

 

Ella under quarantine

Ella under quarantine

Left Eyed Studios / Jared Gruenwald

 

Dana and Terry under quarantine

Dana and Terry under quarantine

Left Eyed Studios / Jared Gruenwald

 

Matt, Scott, Toven and Ella under quarantine

Matt, Scott, Toven and Ella under quarantine

Left Eyed Studios / Jared Gruenwald

 

Mike and Apollo under quarantine

Mike and Apollo under quarantine

Left Eyed Studios / Jared Gruenwald

 

Nile under quarantine

Nile under quarantine

Left Eyed Studios / Jared Gruenwald
Ashley and Raymond under quarantine

Ashley and Raymond under quarantine

Left Eyed Studios / Jared Gruenwald

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