Pandemic inspires photographer to capture stills from a distance

A local photographer is using her talents for a good cause during the coronavirus pandemic.

News 12 Staff

May 18, 2020, 8:58 PM

Updated 1,461 days ago

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The pandemic has inspired Heather Cullum to do a socially distant photoshoot to raise money for a disease that has affected her entire family. 
Cullum says not being able to see her father, who was diagnosed with ALS back in 2016, has been particularly difficult. 
"For him, I think he's missing out on time, and time is passing. And for me, that breaks my heart. I'm devastated over this,” said Cullum. 
After Cullum was laid off, her father encouraged her to use the time to get creative. 
"I wanted to safely photograph people from a 6-feet distance,” said Cullum. 
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Cullum put up posters around her neighborhood, looking for people to photograph, which led to her series titled "Six-Feet."
The series captures stills from a distance to share the stories of people in quarantine together. 
"Their situation with their family, their situation with work, if they were sick. How they're experiencing quarantine really was,” said Cullum. 
Many of the photos are being put in a book, dedicated to her father. “He's my best friend. I am an only child and he's a single parent and to not be able to spend this valuable time with him, it's so sad,” said Cullum. 
Cullum is donating all the profits made to the ALS Association Greater New York chapter. 
She says she’s working on two more volumes, hoping to share the stories of isolation and struggles many are facing, as a reminder that we’re not alone.


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