It feels very strange.... like time has stood still and we are all in a post-apocalyptic science fiction movie, but in this case, it's very real. I look out the window of my home and it all looks normal out there. Birds are flying around, the wind is rushing through the leaves of the Spring growth, lawnmowers breaking the silence with their annoying buzzing but I know the world isn't right. I am not alone in this bad dream. One's experience certainly depends on if you or any loved ones or friends have had the virus and if it has a mild effect or a severe response which only a trip to the hospital can possibly save you. This has struck close to home as my daughter tested positive almost three weeks ago without any major symptoms as well as my sister and her husband.
An unprepared, narcissistic and hateful President Trump who is in denial about the harm that this pandemic could cause and his constant lying and misinforming American citizens as to the dire impact it is having on people's health, mental well being, and the financial hit the economy is taking because it would potentially hurt his chances for re-election.
As I venture out to explore what Boston looks like under self-isolation, the city is locked-down pretty tight with a few exceptions. Most of the people I pass are using face masks but I am somewhat surprised at how a fair number of people flaunt the recommendations of health care professionals. Mental illnesses aside, arrogance and self-centered attitudes continue to exist. Maybe Darwin's theories will take its toll but unfortunately it will also take the innocent and vulnerable as well.
To make photographs during this period of time speaks to my hopes that there is a future where people will look back on this event with both awe and sadness for the 10's of thousands of American people who have died from this illness. Researchers, archivists, and historians will be looking for images as to what Boston looked and felt like. These images will be a small trove of photographs available documenting the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.