Wonder What A Social Distance Photoshoot Looks Like?

"Six Feet", a photographic journey of many New Yorker's experiences during COVID-19, was born from the unlimited amount of free time photographer/producer Heather Leigh Cullum suddenly had due to quarantine.

Q: What inspired you to begin your work on Six Feet?  What steps did you take to create content in the COVID era. 

H: The book began with “The Front Door Project”. I was searching for ways to volunteer safely during the pandemic and find a way to put my talent to good use. I heard about a woman in another state who started this trend; I couldn't help but wonder how amazing it would be to take it to Brooklyn and offer no strings attached, free photographs. I designed a flyer and hung it around my neighborhood then I took to Instagram where it was shared hundreds of times!

The results: I created a three week schedule, organizing 4-5 shoots per day. Eventually, the project expanded from my backyard in Brooklyn, to all NYC boroughs. I asked subjects to wear masks and gloves if they had access to them and their clothing should be reflective of what they are currently wearing in isolation- some wore PJ's and others were full glam. Each shoot was 5 minutes and the rest of my time was spent explaining the project and learning about their experience in quarantine. I met so many fantastic people throughout this experience, which developed into connections I truly believe will stay active on both a professional and personal level.