Truthfully, I was a bit late on learning about the magnitude of Covid 19. Once hip, I knew it was something that needed to be documented. Living in New York City, going into this I knew it’s going to be the hardest hit place but wasn’t sure what to expect with all the hysteria floating around. My first time out shooting after the quarantine took effect felt eerily strange, with such an absence of life and unpredictability that you get here. What we were left with at the time of shooting this was a shell of a city I once knew. Absent of car horns and typical organized chaos you’ve come to expect, now replaced by a calm lingering silence above and below ground. The subway was now nearly vacant with the exception of essential workers, homeless, and those of us unwilling to sit down.
These photographs were made during the month of April while I was still in the City. More recently, I decided to go on a road trip across the country to make a new body of work in the Bay Area. While I’ve been enjoying my time out here so far, what has become clear is that New York is to me the most special of places and I look forward to returning when I feel my time here is complete.
While all this has been going on, I hope you have been staying safe, and that you’ve hopefully used this time to learn and explore new things, or maybe worked on old projects or even something new. I hope this has been a productive time for everyone. Before this project started, I don’t think I made more than 15 photographs all year. I don’t say that as pejorative, because everyone at some point needs a break, but the timing of the quarantine mixed with some personal life what have you’s got me back in touch with what feels like the only steady thing I have in life.
I hope these photos tell a story of a city far removed from the one I’ve come to know and love. This is my visual narrative of Covid 19 in New York City.