KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Over and over, we’re seeing so many in our community come together, from volunteering to checking in on our neighbors.
One Knoxville man is rallying families during a time of uncertainty in a unique way with a photography project called Front Stoop Photos.
MORE: Tracking Coronavirus
Rain or shine, Marshall Stephens and his camera are out in neighborhoods. Stephens says it’s not so much family pictures rather, “It’s kind of a time capsule.”
Through his lens, Stephens is capturing how East Tennesseans are coping with the coronavirus pandemic.
“So you can look back in 10 or 15 years or 20 years and say, ‘Wow we were together as family, we were stuck in the house and we made it through and here we have this memory we can look back on,'” he explained.
When capturing these moments, Stephens always keeps 6-foot distance while families stand on their front porches.
“It’s good being able to feel the fresh air,” said 5th grader Brayden Settlemyre.
Each family and each photo sharing the realities of being in self-quarantine.
“We feel like our kids are now going to be known as ‘the COVID-19 generation’ to some degree and will be talking to their grand kids some day about what life was like during this period of time, just like when we talked to our grandparents about what life was like during WWII,” said Stacy Cox.
“I just think it’s crazy that we’re getting sold out of everything and this virus is horrible, going around and it’s crazy,” added Settlemyre.
Stephens is hoping to share a little joy by doing these photo sessions for free, “I think the biggest lesson I’ve learned from the coronavirus is to take things one day at a time. We don’t have to solve this whole thing right now. We’re not going to solve this whole thing right now, but it’s important to take a step back, take a deep breath and realize we’re going to get through this.”
For families making these memories, it’s giving a new perspective on “Home is where the heart is.”
“One of the possible blessings through all of this is just realizing the value of being together as a family and being able to rely on each other to get through something like this,” said Cox.
How to be featured in the photography project, Front Stoop Photos
If you’d like to coordinate a family picture session with Stephens, you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also contact him at the Front Stoop Photos website, click here.
- Coronavirus Timeline: Total COVID-19 cases near 175K, deaths now stand at 2,097 in the state
- CHART: Tennessee Department of Health’s count of coronavirus cases by day in state
- Greene County mayor extends mask mandate through September 30
- Video and pictures of packed house party near KU campus spark concern as virus cases rise
- Tennessee Coronavirus: Two weeks into September, state has seen a 12.48% increase in COVID-19 cases and a 19.56% increase in deaths
- Coronavirus in Tennessee: Knox County reports smallest 1-day increase in new cases so far in September
- Oxford and AstraZeneca resume coronavirus vaccine trial
- Tennessee Coronavirus: Total COVID-19 cases reach 171,824 with 933 new cases reported Sunday
- Coronavirus in Tennessee: Inactive cases rise by 204 as Knox County reports 121 new cases & no new deaths
- As Trump played down virus, health experts’ alarm grew
- Dakotas lead US in virus growth as both reject mask rules
- Tennessee Coronavirus: COVID-19 deaths hit 2,064 with 39 new ones reported Saturday
- Coronavirus in Tennessee: Inactive cases rise by 229 as Knox County reports 189 new cases & 3 new deaths
- As restaurants, bars re-open amid coronavirus, CDC study urges caution
- Ohio college students test positive for coronavirus, throw party