Here in New York, the pandemic started like a bomb. Hospitals were full and morgues were overflowing. Ambulance sirens blared around the clock, reminding us not to take life for granted. My husband and I are sustaining the unsustainable: working from home without childcare, forgoing sleep to meet deadlines, and, for a year and a half, overseeing remote school.
As stress builds, we have not lost sight of our luck. Our children keep us going. I admire how they honor their feelings. Children have a unique ability to experience love, joy, and fear simultaneously, without compartmentalizing their experiences. My images explore their play and angst as we adapt to the new normal.
Theses images accompanied an essay by writer Emily Rabateau in Lit Hub's series, "The Longest Year: 2020+" curated by Elizabeth Krist. https://lithub.com/what-we-want-you-to-know-about-mothering-small-children-in-a-pandemic/