Silent Ripples: Unnoticed News Throughout the Covid-19 Pandemic
Silent Ripples: Unnoticed News Throughout the Covid-19 Pandemic is a thought-provoking photographic project that addresses the barely acknowledged yet important news stories that unfolded alongside the Coronavirus pandemic. In the midst of widespread global uncertainty and change, the visuals are an orderly counterpoint, focused on an almost static view of Lake Lucerne in Switzerland, captured every morning and evening for two months from March 17th 2020, to May 17th 2020.
Amidst the overwhelming tide of Covid-19 news coverage, vital global events outside the realm of the pandemic were relegated to the shadows. Incidents of terrorism in Nigeria, fresh outbreaks of Ebola and significant findings concerning Syria's use of chemical weapons received minimal attention in the mainstream media. What was once headline-worthy news became mere footnotes, buried beneath the relentless, exhaustive and exhausting coverage of the pandemic.
This project serves as a reminder that life – good or bad, cruel or shocking -- continued to unfold beyond the scope of Covid-19. This visual testament to the persistence of life's rhythms references the unchanging beauty of Lake Lucerne against the backdrop of dynamic global events. It questions both the pervasive narrative as well as the selective focus of media outlets in general, and of the Covid-19 pandemic in specific.