This project is my visual journal of the 2020-2021 pandemic year in Boston. When the pandemic began, I felt the need to photograph again. I wanted to get outside and photograph, not necessarily to forget I was living through a pandemic, but to love life again. I felt like the news I heard everyday was so dreary, stressful and unpredictable. Having family abroad, I had no idea when I would be able to see them again and all the talk of making plans for the year was thrown out the window. With all this in mind, I decided to find equanimity by interacting with the world. So instead of locking myself up in my room, I decided to incorporate photo walks as a means to enjoy the streets and environment around me. Each photograph is a moment of my life when I was truly present and gives a glimpse of the inner turmoil I felt during these times. For this project I focus on reflections because they subtly depict the rules of our pandemic society, one of them being the act of social distancing. When I photograph a reflection I am not photographing the subject directly in front of me but rather depicting a surreal world where multiple layers, colors and textures come together. These reflections represent the new “normal” during the pandemic where our previous reality is morphed into something new.
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