Capturing community spirit in trying times

Published 10:24 am Friday, April 3, 2020

Biff Jennings, photographer and owner of Shooters at the Beach, has been sharing some “community spirit” with the Outer Banks neighborhood through his recent photographs.

Jennings wanted to share the “good deeds” of the community with the general public for several reasons. “One is to inspire more people to get involved with their community,” Jennings said in an interview with The Coastland Times.

Although COVID-19 has brought with it some trying times, it has also provided the unique opportunity for people to help out their fellow neighbors and friends.

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Jennings shared that seeing the work of others can sometimes help trigger thoughts and ideas of our own to help better the community. “We also need to recognize those who are giving of themselves to their community whenever they can, and celebrate the better parts of ‘community spirit,’” he said.

Through his lens, Jennings has already captured the community organizing and distributing groceries, making free sanitizer in a distillery, sewing masks for medical personnel and delivering food to shut ins.

“Even little things like posting reading lists [or] doing musical concerts from your home, there is so much out there in terms of great ideas that need to be shared, not just on the beach but around the country and the world,” Jennings added.

Despite the hardships families have had to face and the struggles that have ensued from this worldwide pandemic, there has been some good. “Who didn’t love seeing the Italians singing from the windows?” Jennings commented.

All in all, communities worldwide have made it a point to stick by one another and help those who need it most in these unprecedented times.

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