This picture was taken in a moving car, during the pandemic somewhere in Abuja, Nigeria. The photo holds the theme of survival; survival from the pandemic, and survival from hunger.
From where I came face masks were not well known before the pandemic, but due to the Corornavirus outbreak, everyone knew the importance and use of face masks.
The woman in the picture appears to be stressed and at the same time focused on searching her luggage, making sure that face masks weren’t omitted. I tried my best to capture the emotion of the woman shifting from worry to satisfaction as she searches her bags—survival from the pandemic. On the other side is an orange trader that was mostly affected by the lockdown because of low income—survival from hunger.
Zainab is a Nigerian writer, poet, spoken word artist, and an aspiring street photographer.
Her poems have been published and forthcoming in magazines and journals like Kalahari Review, the shallow tales review, Praxis Magazine online, Spillwords and more.