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The Year We Stayed Home

Susan Gibbs | Virginia, United States

My son, 5, was very lonely during lockdown, and missed his friends desperately. I became his de facto BFF. One night, he asked if we could have a sleepover together and put "pickles on our eyes", something he had seen on My Little Pony.

“Look at the things around you, the immediate world around you. If you are alive, it will mean something to you, and if you care enough about photography, and if you know how to use it, you will want to photograph that meaningness." --Photographer Paul Strand

The Year We Stayed Home is the story of how one family-- my own famly-- survived the COVID-19 pandemic. In most ways, my family was terribly, terribly privileged. My husband and I both already worked from home, and we had enough money to have everything we needed delivered. My children were blessed with a big backyard and more than enough LEGO and books and even pets. We had a "good" pandemic, but it was still the most challenging, exhausting, and maddening year of our lives. 

As a documentary photographer, my goal was to chronicle our own little piece of history, and hopefully save my own sanity while doing so. 

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