Photos: The world reduced to a window

Two photographers travelled their corners of the state to show Minnesotans staying at home. 


(Left) Megan Wait, Scott Abramowski and their daughter, Paisley Abramowski, posed for a portrait through a window in their home on the Fond Du Lac Reservation in Cloquet, MN.
Rosemary Zeno stood beside her son, Royal and granddaughter, Darienne, 12, inside her Rondo neighborhood home Wednesday. Rosemary runs Royal Zeno shoe shine, named after her late husband, which has ceased operation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She also works 40 hours a week as a patient care assistant and deals with clients who are vulnerable to the disease. "I’m grateful that I’m an essential worker and I can still go to work," said Zeno. But that work has changed quite a bit the last few weeks. She says she recently spent three days looking for toilet paper for one client. She also spends more time delivering food. The Zeno family has also dealt with the virus first-hand. An aunt of Rosemary's and two cousins are recovering from the illness in New Orleans. Zeno says she was just there in February and managed to avoid infection. "I’m 54 years old and I’ve never seen nothing like this in my life," said Zeno. "I’m keeping my spirits up and I believe this too shall pass."
"It's kind of hard to stay at home if you don't have a home," said Jenn Richardson, as she stood outside her truck and trailer parked in a north Minneapolis church parking lot while clutching her 5-year old service dog, Brigette. She says she's lucky to have the support of the church, where she can store food, use the restroom, and have a bit more space. "I'm not suffering.' Still, the stay-at-home order has presented some new challenges. The reduced transit schedule makes it harder to see family as she deals with some issues with her truck. Places she normally passes the time, like libraries, are no longer a resource she can rely on. "Food's a little troublesome" but luckily she gets help from the church.
Guy Poole posed for a portrait in his apartment window on N. 2nd Ave in Duluth, MN.
From left, Nicole Hoosier, Betsy Dentinger, Julie Lundin, Maren, Havilah, Lora, Ruth and Ryan Kesselhon posed for a portrait with their ferret, Zara, and dogs, Arlo and Penny, at their home on Cambridge St. in Duluth, MN.
Nelson Vang, from Eastside St. Paul, stood for a portrait in the front door of his home Wednesday afternoon. Vang works as a civil engineer in power, and finds himself lucky to be employed full-time in an essential field while shifting to working from home. But he say's he's not sure he'll be immune to the poor economy in the long term and that the uncertainties are starting to catch up with him. What's stressing Vang the most isn't the poor economy though, it's the prospect of spreading the disease to his aging parents, who are medically vulnerable. "Being outside and visiting vulnerable people is scary."
From left, Abigail, Andrew and Emily Morris posed for a portrait in the left side of their window while their sister, Ashley and mother, Emily, posed on the right side in their home on W Wabasha St in Duluth, MN.
Dani Dickinson sat with her partner, Jimmy Frost, and her kids, Koltan, 8, and Tryton, 10, on the front steps of their Robbinsdale home Thursday afternoon. Dickinson is a career waitress and Frost is a tattoo artist and both have been out of work due to the pandemic. "This is my first time going outside in four weeks," said Frost, who as a diabetic fears for his health if he gets sick. He says he doesn't have health insurance with his current work. The family has been hyper-cautious, covering their faces when they take out the trash. When they bring home groceries, they clean off each item in a production line in their kitchen. Still, they've found a bright side to the stay-at-home order. "I haven’t had this much time off since I was a kid," said Dickinson. Tryton, 10, is making the best of it too. "I get to do more stuff that I want. "
From left, Beatriz, Flynn and Kyle Peterson posed for a portrait with their dogs (left) Pipa and Romo through a window in their home in Cloquet, MN.
Ron Alston posed for a portrait in his sliding glass door in the side of his home in Hermantown, MN.
Form left, Christie, Bella, Taylor, Olivia, Joshua and Randy Beaupre-Anderson posed for a portrait with their dogs Kitty and Monkey through a sliding door in their home in Cloquet, MN.
Liz and Kyle Eaton posed with their children, from left, Lydia, Michael, Annabelle, Luke and Josh and dog, Addy, in a window in their home on W Wabasha St in Duluth, MN.
Racheal and Paul Robinson Jr., from the Victory neighborhood of north Minneapolis, stood outside their home with their daughters Zenobia, 7, and Zoe, 2, on a Tuesday afternoon. Since the stay-at-home order went into effect, their lives have dramatically changed. Racheal, a former Minnesota Air National Guardsman, works for a faith-based non-profit mentoring young mothers. Much of the outreach has moved online, but she is still working on collecting supplies and coordinating with donors. The online outreach has been a challenge, since some clients don't have reliable access to the necessary technology. Paul Jr., an after-school program manager for Beacons/School Success, usually works with around 200 students in normal times but now is working remotely with kids from home. All of this while managing parenthood of two little girls. "I miss my friends and I want the Coronavirus to be gone" lamented Zenobia, who is having a difficult time isolating herself from friends. She says she misses spending time with her best friend, a 6-year old neighbor boy.
From left, Ty, Jordan, Mariah, Kawhi, Paeton and their mother, Brooklynn Barney, posed for a portrait through a window in their home on the Fond Du Lac Reservation in Cloquet, MN.
From left, Jill Mikkelson, Kaley Herman, Lynda Williams and Kelley Johnson posed for a portrait in their window in Duluth, MN.
Tara Finn, center, held her newborn son, Thaddeus, as she stood beside her husband, Huck, holding their 2-year old, Silas. Their older kids are Maeve, 6, and Cal, 4. Their au pair, Marizel McDuling, from Nelspruit, South Africa, far left, arrived shortly before the pandemic began. Most of her friends in her au pair program returned home but she decided to stay. "I’m safe here," she said, noting that her hometown is also being affected by the pandemic. Huck leads a construction company and has started working from home. "We had a lot of layoffs- a lot of pay reductions," Huck said. It’s been a really hard four weeks for us as a business. "We’re finding ways to share joy," said Tara Finn. She loves watching her other children dote over their baby brother. Thaddeus, 3-weeks old now, was born at home Wednesday, March 25th, the day Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz issued the stay-at-home order.
From left, Allen Entwistle and Brenda Pavlisich posed for a portrait in the side door of their home on W Wabasha St in Duluth, MN.
MiKayla Handley, stood with her daughter, Gaia Pettigrew 7-months, old, her son Sanje, 15, and daughter Ariyah, 12 outside their north Minneapolis home on a Tuesday. Sanje was holding his 3-month old niece and MiKayla's granddaughter, Audreya Geshick, "There’s teenagers, four of them" said the elder Handley. "Some days are cool, other days we want to rip each other’s heads off." But they've managed to find constructive ways to get along "We started voluntary yard work. If you start voluntary yard work, you know there’s something wrong in the house." The family, which consists of Rosebud Sioux, Oglala Sioux, and Northern Cheyenne, has managed to stay healthy but their anxiety has shifted toward South Dakota, where their family and friends are facing pandemic with no "stay-at-home" order to mitigate the spread. "Pandemic looks a lot different on the Rez. It's gonna hit home."
From left, Bryan Haakensen and Meghan Callahan posed with their cats (left) Dora and Teela for a portrait in a window in their home on W 7th St in Duluth, MN.