Time and Place during COVID-19: Intimacy

Being forced to shelter-in-place with someone you love has its ups and downs. I asked myself these questions as I tried to explore my own experience doing this: How can I visually express the intimacy that comes along with fear and isolation? What does the day-to-day look like for two young people just trying to figure this all out? This is the result as I looked for answers.

Connor Lake, 22, and I pose with medical masks in our home in Athens, Georgia, on April 4, 2020. On March 19, Athens-Clarke County implemented a shelter-in-place ordinance following the county’s fifth confirmed case of COVID-19. Both Lake and I decided to stay in Athens rather than going home, because as employees of open businesses, we pose a higher risk of infection to family members. (©Sofia Gratas, sofigratas@gmail.com)
Connor Lake, 22, lays down on our bed in our home in Athens, Georgia, on the morning of April 7, 2020. On March 19, Athens-Clarke County implemented a shelter-in-place ordinance following the county’s fifth confirmed case of COVID-19. Lake and I have shared a home since August 2019, and decided to stay in Athens to protect our families from any possible infection. (©Sofia Gratas, sofigratas@gmail.com)
Captured using an interval timer, Connor Lake, 22, reacts as I pierce his ear on the morning of April 9, 2020 in our home in Athens, Georgia. On March 19, Athens-Clarke County implemented a shelter-in-place ordinance following the county’s fifth confirmed case of COVID-19. Lake and I have shared a home since August 2019, and decided to stay in Athens to protect our families from any possible infection. (©Sofia Gratas, sofigratas@gmail.com).
Connor Lake, 22, drinks his morning coffee on April 10, 2020 in Athens, Georgia. On March 19, Athens-Clarke County implemented a shelter-in-place ordinance following the county’s fifth confirmed case of COVID-19. Lake and I have been dating for six years and started living together in August 2019. Lake describes his morning coffee on the porch as “a chance to get ready for the day … some time to myself.” (©Sofia Gratas, sofigratas@gmail.com)
Connor Lake, 22, gives himself a haircut in our home in Athens, Georgia, on April 5, 2020. On March 19, Athens-Clarke County implemented a shelter-in-place ordinance following the county’s fifth confirmed case of COVID-19. This ordinance also required the closure of high-contact, non-essential businesses, such as hair salons. (©Sofia Gratas, sofigratas@gmail.com).
Connor Lake, 22, and I play a game of scrabble at our home in Athens, Georgia, on April 5, 2020. On March 19, Athens-Clarke County implemented a shelter-in-place ordinance following the county’s fifth confirmed case of COVID-19. Both Lake and I decided to stay in Athens rather than going home, because as employees of open businesses, we pose a higher risk of infection to family members. (©Sofia Gratas, sofigratas@gmail.com)
Captured using an interval timer, Connor Lake, 22, and I read before bed on the evening of April 7, 2020 in Athens, Georgia. On March 19, Athens-Clarke County implemented a shelter-in-place ordinance following the county’s fifth confirmed case of COVID-19. Lake and I have shared a home since August 2019, and decided to stay in Athens to protect our families from any possible infection. (©Sofia Gratas, sofigratas@gmail.com).
Connor Lake, 22, protests as I block the TV screen on the afternoon of April 12, 2020 in our home in Athens, Georgia. On March 19, Athens-Clarke County implemented a shelter-in-place ordinance following the county’s fifth confirmed case of COVID-19. Lake and I have been dating for six years and started living together in August 2019. We decided to stay in Athens during the pandemic to protect our families from any possibility of infection. (©Sofia Gratas, sofigratas@gmail.com)
Recycling starts to pile up at our home in Athens, Georgia, on April 26, 2020. On March 19, Athens-Clarke County implemented a shelter-in-place ordinance following the county’s fifth confirmed case of COVID-19. Connor Lake, 22, and I started living together in August 2019 and decided to stay in Athens during the pandemic to protect our families from any possibility of infection. (©Sofia Gratas, sofigratas@gmail.com)
Connor Lake, 22, plays with our cat, Fig, in our kitchen on May 4, 2020 in Athens, Georgia. Athens-Clarke County implemented a shelter-in-place ordinance earlier than most Georgia counties. Even in light of Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s decision to re-open the economy, by May 4, Lake and I are in our second month of quarentine, only leaving the house for essential errands, excercise and to go to work. (©Sofia Gratas, sofigratas@gmail.com)
Captured using an interval timer, Connor Lake, 22, and I cuddle with our cat, Fig, on the morning of April 10, 2020 in Athens, Georgia. On March 19, Athens-Clarke County implemented a shelter-in-place ordinance following the county’s fifth confirmed case of COVID-19. Lake and I have been dating for six years and started living together in August 2019. We decided to stay in Athens during the pandemic to protect our families from any possibility of infection. (©Sofia Gratas, sofigratas@gmail.com)
Connor Lake, 22, leaves for a bike ride on April 9, 2020 in Athens, Georgia. On March 19, Athens-Clarke County implemented a shelter-in-place ordinance following the county’s fifth confirmed case of COVID-19. Exceptions to this ordinance include leaving home for excercise, which Lake considers essential for his mental health. (©Sofia Gratas, sofigratas@gmail.com)
Connor Lake, 22, does dishes while I stand in the kitchen on the morning of April 10, 2020 in Athens, Georgia. On March 19, Athens-Clarke County implemented a shelter-in-place ordinance following the county’s fifth confirmed case of COVID-19. Lake and I have been dating for six years and started living together in August 2019. We decided to stay in Athens during the pandemic to protect our families from any possibility of infection. (©Sofia Gratas, sofigratas@gmail.com)
Captured using an interval timer, Connor Lake, 22, let’s me steal a piece of his pancake on the morning of April 16, 2020 in Athens, Georgia. On March 19, Athens-Clarke County implemented a shelter-in-place ordinance following the county’s fifth confirmed case of COVID-19. Lake and I have been dating for six years and started living together in August 2019. We decided to stay in Athens during the pandemic to protect our families from any possibility of infection. (©Sofia Gratas, sofigratas@gmail.com)
A medical mask sits on Connor Lake’s workspace at our home in Athens, Georgia, on April 26, 2020. On March 19, Athens-Clarke County implemented a shelter-in-place ordinance following the county’s fifth confirmed case of COVID-19. By April 26, confirmed COVD-19 cases in Athens-Clarke were up to 156 and there had been 13 deaths. (©Sofia Gratas, sofigratas@gmail.com)
Connor Lake, 22, eats homemade barbeque at his parents house in Blue Ridge, Georgia, on April 18, 2020 while remaining six feet apart from his family. On April 18, Lake and I celebrated our sixth anniversary in a relationship and traveled up to Blue Ridge. In an effort to abide by social distancing guidelines, we camped on the boat dock. (©Sofia Gratas, sofigratas@gmail.com)
Connor Lake, 22, lights a small propane stove to make pour-over coffee after a night of camping in Blue Ridge, Georgia, on April 19, 2020. On April 18, Lake and I celebrated our sixth anniversary in a relationship and traveled up to Blue Ridge. In an effort to abide by social distancing guidelines, we camped on the boat dock. (©Sofia Gratas, sofigratas@gmail.com)
Connor Lake, 22, leads the way during an evening bike ride on May 4, 2020 in Athens, Georgia. Ever since Athens-Clarke County put a shelter-in-place order into effect more than a month ago, Lake and I have not left our house except for essential errands, excercise and to go to work. (©Sofia Gratas, sofigratas@gmail.com)
Connor Lake, 22, lays asleep in our bed on the morning of May 5, 2020 in our home in Athens, Georgia. Lake is an avid cyclist, and often gets sunburned during his long bikerides, leaving him with noticeable tan lines like this one. After dating for six years, Lake and I started living together in August 2019. We decided to stay in Athens during the pandemic to protect our families from any possibility of infection. (©Sofia Gratas, sofigratas@gmail.com)
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