Katie McCraw is a documentary photographer based in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. There she works for Novi Most International, a nonprofit where she uses her creative skills to get alongside teenagers and young adults, helping build their confidence and hope. Katie is originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, and as someone who has spent over eight years living in a second culture, she is particularly interested in narratives of transition, home, and identity.
I panicked. Full-on panic-attack-style, feeling-completely-stuck panic. It was a couple of days after lockdown had been announced in Bosnia-Herzegovina. We had felt the decision coming, as we closely followed news from Italy and Spain and as cases rose in neighboring Croatia and Serbia. My Dutch friend and I had started to make plans to move in together so we wouldn’t be alone for however many weeks lockdown endured, but suddenly she was required to return to the Netherlands. With this, a rift began to destabilize the contingency plans I had made. My mind then went into overdrive, and I fast-forwarded the next few months: living alone, with no physical contact, my family thousands of miles across the other side of Europe, with work ground to a halt, and so many unknowns ahead. And I panicked.