Photography: Winter in Quarantined New York

Photography: Winter in Quarantined New York

March 16, 2020 is a date many of us in New York will remember for the rest of our lives: that day Governor Cuomo along with Mayor De Blasio called for the immediate closure of bars, restaurants, movie theaters, gyms, Broadway and music venues and placed strict restrictions on gatherings as a way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The following day, I got on the subway and went into Midtown Manhattan, inspired by curiosity over what I’d see and the knowledge that it would be a while before I’d be able to comfortably travel on public transportation.

Walking through a Manhattan with my trusty Canon 77D began what would turn out to be a year-long photo series of life during a pandemic from the eerie quiet of the first few months of the pandemic, to a summer, fall and winter of trying to figure out how to survive this without losing too much of your sanity — and without catching COVID. Admittedly, this particular series has been one of the most hauntingly surreal experiences of my entire life.

These photos are actually kind of random things over the past handful of days. I don’t even know where they fit into a larger scheme of things. And in my book, that’s okay. Things can just be. Check out some photos below.

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Caption: These gorgeous wispy clouds were right over Horace Harding Expressway, just outside my front door basically.
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Caption: We’ve come a long way in the past year. And having a pint of Guinness outside at my beloved Clem’s on St. Patrick’s Day made this holiday far better than last year’s.
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Caption: Is there anything better than St. Patrick’s Day-themed kitsch and tchotchkes? The fingerless gloves proved to be pretty warm for a chilly late Winter afternoon. And who can’t use socks, right?
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For these photos and more, check out the Flickr set here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmTgNq4j