Life in the Time of a Global Pandemic

The late Spalding Gray once said, “Everything is contingent, and there is also chaos.” Never has that been more true than the present time, as we transition from 2020 to 2021.

Earlier in 2020 the coronavirus outbreak took the world by surprise, forcing us to alter our lifestyles in an effort to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our fellow citizens of the world. But quarantining was new to us, and collectively, we didn’t do a good job containing the virus. Hopefully we will do better in 2021. The global death toll from the virus—and the continued injustices committed against innocent people—have been nothing short of tragic. The political landscape in the U.S. was as polarized and stressful as it has ever been, as we conducted our presidential and congressional elections. How can a people be so divided and yet so “all in this together” at the same time? It has been a surreal time, for sure.

But as challenging as this time has been, there have also been plenty of opportunities for introspection, resilience, healing, and growth—both personal and societal. In this photo essay, I attempt to tackle the personal angle. These are some of my favorite photos that I took in 2020, as I went about my masked adventures. I hope you enjoy the series.

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