LIFE UNDER LOCKDOWN: Photographer documents Three Rivers during COVID-19 pandemic

Life under lockdown
Coming out from behind the lens is photographer Terry Pratt of Three Rivers. He and his wife, Noelle Charles, are photo-documenting Three Rivers during the COVD-19 pandemic. (Noelle Charles photo) Life under lockdown

Terry Pratt, professional photographer, has taken on the project of photo-documenting Three Rivers residents during an unprecedented time: the COVID-19 outbreak of Spring 2020, a lethal pandemic that hasn’t been experienced by the world in more than a century.
In true Dorothea Lange style, he and his wife, Noelle Charles, are taking ordinary photos of extraordinary times in the effort they’ve entitled Quarantine Portraits. Terry is an award-winning director of photography who has spent a career working on motion pictures and television shows. He has won two Emmy Awards for Best Cinematography for his work on “Life Below Zero,” a National Geographic series. Life under lockdown

⇒See Quarantine Portraits here⇐

About Quarantine Portraits, Noelle writes…
Spring 2020 has sprung again magnificently here in Three Rivers. The wildflowers are blooming abundantly and more beautiful than ever with the recent rains.
The wildlife is in full force as it greets the sun peaking out from behind the puffy white clouds. Deer, turkeys, hummingbirds, and even those pesky ground squirrels everywhere.
But this year is different. Very different. Life under lockdown
The streets are quiet as the tourists all stayed home. 
The park is closed as are most of the businesses.
But the spirit of our town is alive and well! In fact we are thriving in a way that the rest of the world is not right now. There is such gratitude in our hearts for what a blessing each day of life is here. More now than ever.
As the new year brought with it the COVID-19 virus, our community as shown its love for one another by self-quarantining and wearing protective clothing to help minimize its spread. And so far, so good, folks!
The face masks, the most prominent of these new necessities, symbolizes protection, love, and concern for everyone’s wellbeing. It not only shows that “I care about you,” it is also a symbol of strength and perseverance against challenging times. Life under lockdown
The ability to learn and adapt is what ensures human survival. And Three Rivers is no stranger to that.  
We have long served as the gateway to the sequoias. We are the stewards to the some the largest and oldest souls on this planet. Our lives are just a small blip compared to what these giants have seen and the struggles they have endured. They are our greatest teachers.
We will soon again be the face of hospitality to the flow of nature-loving tourists who symbiotically keep our economy alive. This virus has shown us there really is no Us and Them anymore. It is only We.
I hope WE take that with us as we get past this quarantine time and take off the masks.Life under lockdown
Leave behind the Us and Them of politics. The Us and Them between the Valley folk, tourists, and Three Rivers. The Us and Them of the vacation rentals that are a now a huge cornerstone to a Sequoia adventure experience and the first face of our hospitality and generosity to the world.
So, keep up the good work, Three Rivers. You are doing a great job!
It has been an honor to shoot portraits of you, your families, your pets, and the beautiful nature you have cultivated at your homes. Together, we show a unique sliver of time that was met with pride, strength, and a smile under those masks.
Thank you for letting us be a part of this loving community! It has been our pleasure to serve in a capacity available to us.
Please feel free to contact us if you would like to participate in Quarantine Photos in the months to come. 
Sincerely at your Service, 
Terry and Noelle

⇒See Quarantine Portraits here⇐


9 thoughts on “LIFE UNDER LOCKDOWN: Photographer documents Three Rivers during COVID-19 pandemic

  • April 22, 2020 at 2:13 pm

    Kudos to Terry for a remarkable and hauntingly beautiful photo series. It would make a great coffee table book (is that still a thing?) and kudos to 3 Rivers News for making Terry’s work available to readers/viewers beyond the social media universe, in such an attractive layout with Terry and Noelle’s thoughtful words and comments.

  • April 23, 2020 at 11:50 am

    Love seeing the pictures as you did your amazing work. Wonderful as usual!!!

  • April 24, 2020 at 8:24 am

    Thank you for capturing this important moment in time so beautifully.

  • April 24, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    Terrific portraits of our community neighbors. We enjoyed them so very much. Great work and really fun during this not so fun time. Thank you Terry and Noelle 🙏

  • May 1, 2020 at 7:59 am

    Great shots! I was trying to figure out what was disturbing about them, then realized….you cannot see anyone’s smiles!

  • May 3, 2020 at 7:28 am

    Simply the best! Thank you for the photos, the connection to community and the beautiful words. Xoxoxo

  • May 22, 2020 at 7:29 am

    Making beauty out of mask wearing! Thank you!

  • May 25, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    Still wondering if there will be a book for sale later


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