Rosem Morton

Donning and Doffing
Location: Baltimore
Nationality: Philippines
Biography: Rosem Morton is a documentary photographer and nurse based in Baltimore. She is a National Geographic explorer, an International Women's Media Foundation fellow and a We, Women Photo artist. Her storytelling focuses on the intimacy of... read on
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Donning and Doffing
Donning and Doffing

Photographs featured on
    -National Geographic (Part 1, Part 2) 
    -World Press Photo Witness
    -5W Magazine
    -Women Photograph 2020 Year in Pictures
    -National Geographic One Year Pandemic Reflections
Supported by The National Geographic Society
Awarded the Pictures of the Year COVID-19 Personal Expression Finalist
Exhibited at Photoville NYC

Donning and Doffing refers to the act of putting on and taking off personal protective equipment by health care workers.

Since the start of the pandemic, health workers have been operating in difficult conditions as they continue to save lives on the frontlines.

At the hospital where I work, we are balancing caring for patients with a limited supply of personal protective equipment, while trying to keep track of changing protocols and working conditions.

I have been chronicling my experiences as a nurse during these times. My colleagues and I are frequently in close contact with the virus that could infect us, our coworkers and our loved ones. Many of these factors add to the growing stress, grief and anxiety around and within me.

On my days off, my husband, who is an intensive care unit nurse, and I try to relax and enjoy our time together, even if the mental and emotional toll of the crisis continues to linger.

It is my hope for the public to understand the emotional and physical costs on healthcare workers as we continue to take to care of patients while the novelty of the pandemic wears off and the crisis becomes normalized.

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Rediscover River

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Learning Barriers

By Rosem Morton — Plastic Dividers and Masks All Day: What Teaching in a Pandemic Looks Like Commissioned by The New York..

Diaspora on the Frontlines

By Rosem Morton — Diaspora on the Frontlines (ongoing) Story and photographs featured on       - National..

Welcomed at Home

By Rosem Morton — Welcomed at Home Featured on NPR Exhibited during the 2019 Women Photojournalist of Washington Juried..
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