Through My Mind's Eyes

Emptiness | ©Nicoló Urbani
Oppression | ©Nicoló Urbani
A Field of Poppies | ©Nicoló Urbani
Music and Nature | ©Nicoló Urbani
Climbing Up | ©Nicoló Urbani
Peacefulness | ©Nicoló Urbani
Lightness | ©Nicoló Urbani
Our Lanterns | ©Nicoló Urbani
Fulfilment | ©Nicoló Urbani

The terrible crisis related to Covid-19 has caused much suffering and many problems all around the world, leaving us unarmed, and wondering what could be done to fight it. It has been a huge shock for everyone. It has pushed us to make sudden decisions, and has made us feel disoriented and empty inside. 

During lockdown in Italy, my mind was like a series of empty frames, lacking photographic creativity and happiness. Time felt immediately slow and heavy, making my head foggy and me, feel lost. But later I felt that those frames had to be filled in some way. Little by little I started thinking more about the situation being the same for everyone else, my loved ones included. I felt an emotional connection with them, as if we all were in the same boat, even if distant from each other. I spent a lot more time with my family, but I also called my friends frequently. It was as though I was with them, thanks to the advanced technologies we have nowadays.

We all tried to find ways to keep flourishing and to overcome the negative aspects of the pandemic. I managed to dedicate myself to some activities, which distracted me from all of this. Walking through vast fields in the middle of nature, accompanied by some great music, especially helped me drive my mind somewhere away from the real world. 

I developed my fantasy and my imagination, picturing myself in surreal environments. 

I felt lighter and freer, as if I had climbed a tall ladder up to a positive and peaceful state of mind. I lost track of time; it seemed to be going faster, as if it were flying. This made me feel good, and finally started filling the gaps I previously had in my mind with creative works such as this, which I am now presenting to you.

I see all of this as a distraction, which made it possible for me to concentrate on only the positive aspects of this period, making them larger and more important, and leaving all the negativity behind. Trying to live with the little things that make us feel happy can be the strongest weapon to counter all the limitations that Covid-19 has given us. We are responsible for making our lanterns bright, to give light to a world that is desperately asking for help. And through my mind’s eyes here I share with you the process that allowed me to achieve it.