A New Normal by Elian Richter

Journal Entry 1

The many faces of my classmates look back at me while I attend class from my bed on Monday, March 23, 2020. (Photo by Elian Richter)

With school and work both on hold, the days have begun to feel slightly longer than normal. I’m quickly realizing that the next few weeks might be more difficult than I initially expected and as each day passes it brings with it news of how conditions are worsening and restrictions are growing, ultimately meaning that this might be the new norm for the foreseeable future.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

When I first learned that classes were switching to an online platform I was excited. I thought things would be a breeze and at worst I would have something to do while sitting at home. Unfortunately I’ve found the opposite to be true. There’s a strange sense of anxiety that comes with seeing my entire class face to face while they stare back at me from a computer screen, even if their attention really isn’t on me.

Outside of classes, my routine is described best by the word repetition; I wake up, surf the web, listen to music, play guitar, take a nap, and repeat until the day is over. When the weather permits, a short walk through town or a hike at Stringer’s helps to break the monotony but so far it has rained almost everyday. Why wouldn’t it though? Overcast days give a great sense of doom and gloom which seem to fit the occasion perfectly.

Hutton sits beside a bedroom window, obsessed with a near by bird and looking up only to inquire upon the man with a camera standing above. Friday, March 20, 2020. (Photo by Elian Richter)

Meet the Storyteller

Elian Richter is a student at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga studying communication with a focus in photojournalism. He currently works as a portrait photographer for Lifetouch, and as the photo editor for the University Echo at UTC. Elian has experience covering events such as USA Boxing, college football, presidential rallies, and events such as the Country Music Association awards. After graduating he hopes to use the skills he’s learned to work as a photojournalist. Contact Elian Richter at elianrichter@gmail.com for more information.

2 thoughts on “A New Normal by Elian Richter”

  1. Dear Elian, I can imagine just how challenging this present situation is for you. If I were your age I would be going a little nuts. As it is I’m a little old lady and more used to a quiet life. I feel for you and all your contemporaries Just remember this to will pass. What doesn’t break us makes us stronger. Love you and thinking of you Nana

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