The coronavirus has led to huge numbers of workers around the world either losing their jobs or working from home. But the extra time has led to plenty of creativity from both unemployed and at-home workers. Here are a few fun examples:
- A wedding photographer in the United Kingdom had no real weddings to shoot during lockdown, so he staged an elaborate Lego wedding and took photos. He posted the collection to his website with a detailed description of the wedding day. The photos include dreamy shots of the Lego couple in a field, during the reception toast, and in the ceremony.
- Betty the cat, an Indiana meteorologist's pet, is now the unofficial co-host of her owner’s weather segments on the local television channel. The meteorologist set up a green screen and lights in his dining room as a temporary at-home studio. His news director got the idea to include the cat when he saw him petting her between takes. “My fans … have said ‘We want more Betty,’ which consequently means less of me,” the meteorologist joked.
- Two improvisation actors in Hungary have nowhere to perform because of the coronavirus, so they’ve spent their time recreating famous movie scenes with items in their home. In one shot, the couple used a tin can and exaggerated facial expressions to recreate the scene in Iron Man when Pepper Pots has to repair Tony Stark’s malfunctioning arc reactor.
- An Indiana man kept photobombing his wife’s work conference calls by sitting in the background in costume. At first, he put on clothing items he already owned—like hunting gear and Hawaiian shirts. But his wife says friends soon began mailing him Halloween costumes. Screenshots show him dressed as a Power Ranger, Batman, and Waldo from Where’s Waldo?
- Retirees in Tennessee and nearby states have taken up a new job during the pandemic. A marketing firm launched a radio hour called Radio Recliner and recruited seniors at assisted living homes to be the DJs. The retirees record the intros and transitions for songs on their phones and send them to the production staff. Listeners can send song requests and dedicate them to loved ones.