4. Portraits – 2020 style
Normally he likes to get up close to the sweaty faces of boxers who've just lost a match or to jump into the bullfighting ring to capture the passion of 12-year-old trainee matadors, but this year, Danish-Colombian photojournalist Nikolai Linares had to think of different ways to shoot the striking portraits and reportages for which he's become known.
With free time on his hands and a shortage of sports and events to photograph, the Canon Ambassador started a personal project, The Quarantined, taking socially distanced, but no less striking portraits of people with Covid-19 symptoms who were self-isolating in their homes. "The images are shot through the windows of their houses, illustrating how, in lockdown, the quarantined are simultaneously close at hand yet out of reach," says Nikolai.
The reportage was published in a Danish newspaper, and Nikolai's freelance work is starting to pick up again. "I think work wise things will remain as they are [with certain restrictions] for a long while, but I don't think we'll go into another big lockdown," he says.