"Paper Bag Canyon" and ice caves Landscape Images by Erin Sullivan

Photographer Explores the World From Her Apartment

Erin Sullivan, a Los Angeles-based photographer, has found a new way to satisfy her love for exploration while under a stay-at-home order due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Her last photo series, “Our Great Indoors,” reveals some of Sullivan’s wild creativity.

In it she constructs beautiful landscapes from objects found throughout her apartment such as pancakes, pillows, and raincoats. 

Erin Sullivan

“I was asking myself how I can stay creative and how I can stay connected to the outdoors and travel -- to these things that have been so important to my growth and the growth of my community” 

Sullivan channeled her inner child while creating this series of photographs, especially “Tinfoil Lake”.

It was inspired by summers spent fishing with her grandfather.

The photo was constructed with tinfoil, a toothbrush, and a lamp under a sheet.

While brainstorming adventure scenes, Sullivan draws upon memories of the places she has visited. As a travel photographer, Sullivan has a lot of inspirations to work from. 

While creating "landscapes" in her home, she emphasizes how the environments make her feel rather than how they appear in person.

An important inspiration for Sullivan is New Zealand. She spent months living out of her car and working on farms to photograph iridescent glow worm caves.

In her ode to New Zealand, she repurposed tin foil, a smart light bulb, rose quartz and rain jackets to build her "Glowing Gore-Tex Cave" scene.

 Erin Sullivan

Erin Sullivan

Sullivan has found great success through her photography series. Many other photographers have found creative ways to cope with the pandemic. 

Some photojournalists have taken to streets to document the pandemic and others capture how the everyday lives of Americans are changing. 

Nashville-based photographer Jeremy Cowart has developed a series in which he captures people that have been geographically separated by Covid-19.

Many similar projects have come up, such as Roger Hoovers's "porch portraits" of his community.

*partially sourced @ edition.cnn.com