Before the Fall

A group of people walking along Wall Street in NYC
Wall Street (February 23, 2020)

On Sunday, March 22, the Governor of New York called for a statewide quarantine in all but name. New Yorkers were to stay home unless they had a good reason to be somewhere else. Businesses were to shut, except those which were deemed “essential” by relatively flexible notions of need. In the wake of the quarantine, the most privileged stayed home or escaped while those essential employees remained on the front lines. Coronavirus, known as SARS-CoV-2 or simply COVID-19, caused a worldwide cataclysm, destroying lives (economically and literally.)

Artful seesaws at South Street Seaport
South Street Seaport (February 22, 2020)

This series of photos are presented as a small reminder of life before the fall of society precipitated by Coronavirus. What comes next is a chapter yet to begin. How many generations will need to pass before humanity forgets the fear of proximity instilled by the virus? Whither globalism? Will the lurking specter of authoritarianism finally conquer the Americans?

Friends taking portraits on the High Line Park
High Line Park (February 15, 2020)

This post was written in the thick of pandemic uncertainty. As an editorial photographer, my fulfillment as a creative is illustrating continuity. Photos of the mundane, banal, or surprising moments I happen across each day, just as thousands of other photographers have done since photography became accessible to the commoner.

Wall Street (January 30, 2020)

I shoot everyday, and my photos are made available, usually under a Creative Commons Attribution license, over at Flickr. Check them out.

Guggenheim, January 12, 2020