Live Concert Photography: Wafia with Julietta at Mercury Lounge 11/19/18

Live Concert Photography: Wafia with Julietta at Mercury Lounge 11/19/18

I’ve been adhering to social distancing guidelines and self-quarantine as much as possible over the past almost 100+ days or so. And if you’ve been frequenting this site during that period, you’d know that I’ve gone out for the occasional walk to get fresh air, some exercise and to take photos; to run household errands; and for my mom’s various medical appointments. Beyond that, my life has been rather lonely and monotonous: I work deep into the wee hours, often working until the sun rises. I’ll get a few hours of sleep, wake up and have breakfast with my mom. I’ll get to work for most of the day before stopping to eat dinner with my mom.  After dinner, I’d work on something or another for the rest of the night.

There has been the Zoom happy hour, the occasional Zoom birthday gathering and a FaceTime call here or there that has broken up some of the monotony. But somehow, even that has gotten a bit tiring and stale. It could be worse though .  .  .

Unsurprisingly, over the course of this site’s ten year history, I’ve managed to compile and develop a deep archive of unedited photos. As I’ve mentioned throughout this site’s history, much of my work with JOVM has coincided with working full-time, corporate jobs in book publishing as an Editorial Assistant and Acquisitions Editor. And if you add commuting back and forth to work and shows, listening to and writing about music, editing photos, going through my correspondence and even occasionally having a romantic and social life to my day, there sometimes just wasn’t enough time in my day to sleep or daydream or just do anything else.

Sadly, much of this work going through photos has managed to be an uncomfortable reminder of the some of the things I’ve loved so much that I’ve once had — and won’t get back for the foreseeable future, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Back in mid-November 2018, I caught rising pop artists Wafia and Julietta at Mercury Lounge for a packed, early evening show. Check out photos from the show below.


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