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Life in the Time of Covid

Jean Ross | New York, United States

Chinatown 4/1/20

These images were made after New York City went into lockdown to minimize the spread of COVID-19 on March 16, 2020.I didn’t set out to document the crisis so much as to understand it.To understand how what I held most dear about my adopted home had become the City’s greatest threats.I walked and bicycled from my home in Brooklyn seeking a breath of fresh air or a sign of spring that signaled that the virus, like the winter, too would pass.I searched for the source of the sirens that had become a 24-hour soundtrack in an empty city.I watched as a “new normal” emerged and empty streets gave way to masked crowds and winter turned to spring.The images are displayed chronologically to track the progression of the pandemic and my own response to it.The images form a diary of a moment in history.They remain, at least for now, a work in progress.

Jean Ross is a California-born photographer currently based in Brooklyn, NY.She photographs places and the people who live in them.She has studied at the International Center of Photography.Her work has been featured in solo shows at Viewpoint Gallery in Sacramento, California and Gallery 1855 in Davis, California and in group shows at the Centro Fotográfico Manuel Álvarez Bravo in Oaxaca, Mexico and other galleries.

Jean Ross



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