Eva Polakovičová: the worst was Christmas She has lived in the house alone for four years since her mother died. Her father left long before her, and her only brother shows up only sporadically. Accountant Eva is single, she never had children. According to his own words, he will live on the average Slovak pension only if she is not surprised by unexpected expenses. From the 450-euro pension, he spends 80 euros on energy, 50 on cigarettes and 90 on telephone, internet and subscriptions .week with additional diaries. Is that enough? "Hardly at the necessary cost, because I also have health problems for which I do not work, although I would like to. In addition to prescription drugs, I have to buy a lot of vitamins. I have already cut the cigarettes in half, "the new pensioner describes the situation. If she wants to afford a book or something "extra", her friend will help with a higher pension. Of the few things left, however, it will save, paradoxically, more than before the pandemic. He doesn't go out so much, he orders food from Tesco e-shop, so he buys with more balance. He is more afraid of loneliness than the lack of money. "I like my peace and solitude, so until recently I managed the pandemic quite well. I just miss the human company, to go somewhere with friends, to embrace with them. We are in touch over the internet, but that's different. I miss going to the .club under the coffee lamp. I miss people very much, "he adds honestly.

Life in a time of pandemic

Stories of different people during a pandemic

Boris Németh

professional photographer, .týždeň
Boris Németh (1979) He studied photography at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. He completed his post-graduate studies in 2011 and currently works there a as part-time teacher of photojournalism. He has worked at .týždeň magazine as a photojournalist since 2006, while exhibiting in Slovakia and abroad. He has worked with documentary and photojournalism in several authorial cycles and series. Awards and grants: 2017 – The Best of Photojournalism – Honorable mention Magazine Story Opener, Honorable mention Magazine Recurring Feature or Series, The Best of Photojournalism, Slovak press photo (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019), Slovak press photo, Bratislava, Slovakia, 2015 - Open society foundation, Open society foundation, Bratislava, Slovakia, Journalism Award (2011, 2013, 2014, 2016), Open society foundation, Bratislava, Slovakia, 2011 – Photographer of the year, Central European House of Photography, Bratislava, Slovakia, Czech press photo 2009, 2011, 2018, Czech press photo, Prague, Czech Republic, 2009 – Nomination World Press Photo – Joop Swart Masterclass, World Press Photo Publications: Premeny Slovenska (2012), Premeny Slovenska - 1150. výročie príchodu sv. Cyrila a Metoda na územie Veľkej Moravy (2013), Na ceste (2013), Identity - Premeny Slovenska (2016), Homeland (2016), Europe (2018), Krajina (2018), Hey Slovaks! (2018), Jar, ktorá zmenila Slovensko (2018), Bratislava - Košice a späť (2020). Collections: Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia, Central European House of Photography Bratislava, Slovakia, Gallery of Rimavská Sobota, Slovakia, VÚB Foundation, Bratislava, Slovakia. borisnemeth.com