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Pandemic in Focus

From the Outside Looking In

. Ventiko | NY, United States

Alyssa Tineo, Roni Shalit and Precious, Bushwick, April 2, 2020.

In a time of global confinement, this series focuses on connection in a time of isolation and the commonality of quarantine in the U.S. epicenter of the coronavirus global pandemic, New York City.
In a sea of supermarket lines, bleach-carrying strangers in hazmat-suits, and swells of sirens proclaiming potential mortality, the sense of community can easily feel lost. This drastically new dystopian reality gives new identity to isolation. However, New York has shown me the opposite. New icons, symbols, and even modes of transportation (traveling on my bicycle for the first time), with still pure New York identifiers, remain beautiful and true, even if from a distance. This series navigates “new normals” we have been forced to adapt to. Safety dictates subjects must be captured at least six-feet away. When we all are potential viral carriers, movement, proximity, and contact all take on new meaning.
Everywhere is potentially life threatening and still, life continues on. Humanity is both our fragility and our strength. With the city as our great connector, we New Yorkers are united together in this battle and together we will survive.


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