About the Artwork

“The COVID-19 pandemic has rendered the previously familiar unfamiliar, disconnected and questionable. As a reflection on this experience I took some photographs in my neighborhood through vortography, an early twentieth-century technique that generates an abstract and non-objective image by means of a kaleidoscope placed in front of the camera lens. The random and experimental quality of the photograph mirrors the loss of control we are experiencing and can serve as a metaphor for our ambiguous reality during this pandemic.”

Christianna Kreiss is a gastroenterologist and photographer from Pittsburgh, PA. She is also a master’s student in bioethics at Loyola University, Chicago. “I’ve been passionate about photography since I was a teenager and am particularly interested in combining historical photographic techniques with digital photography.”


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