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We're Open Colorado: Ren Creativ documents families in this time of crisis

Posted at 5:31 PM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-14 19:39:55-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — There's no arguing that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed a massive portion of our daily lives.

In the midst of these changes, many local businesses are finding ways to overcome and adapt to keep their doors open, while at the same time, help those around them.

Similarly, businesses hit hard are reporting a tremendous outpouring of support from the community.

This outpouring reminding all of us that while this global epidemic has changed so much, it HASN'T changed people's desire for community.

This is We're Open Colorado, a segment dedicated to highlighting local businesses that are still open and finding unique ways to serve the community.

With all of this in mind, let's take a look at REN Creativ, a local photography company that has been working hard over the past month to capture and catalog images of families who are working through the highs and lows of a life that has been altered by a global pandemic.

Lauren McKenzie, owner of the photography company, has joined the ranks of photographers throughout the city and country who have worked to capture images of families living their lives and working through the problems that arise when dealing an event of such magnitude.

The initiative is called the porch project and it's conducted exactly how it sounds, at a distance, on a porch, with the family.

These days will be days imprinted in our minds forever, these are weird and unprecedented circumstances we are all experiencing in the midst of a global pandemic. However, certain glimpses of nostalgia have already been burned into my memory – the sight of children playing in their front yards, families starting gardens, receiving snail mail letters, an appreciation for art, the craving for deeper connection, businesses learning to adapt, the comforts of our own homes, time standing still – these are the things as a photographer I cannot help but appreciate.

These are the moments I am choosing to focus on. The good things, the simple things, the beauty in the mundane, the pureness of connection. I will never forget these moments.
Lauren McKenzie

Lauren has been working on this project on a donation basis and at the end plans to submit the work to the Pioneers Museum.

If you know of a business that is working to find innovative ways to keep operating while also working to help the community, email us at news@koaa.com.