In a time of containment, the city searches for a way forward.
The final weekend of semi-ordinary life in New York arrived on Friday the 13th. In the week that followed, New York became a ghost town in a ghost nation on a ghost planet. The gravity and scale of what is happening can overwhelm the details of daily life, in which human beings seek a plateau of normalcy in abnormal times, just as they always have in blitzes and battles. Nobody has any confidence at all about whether we are seeing the first phases of a new normal, the brief calm before a worse storm, or a wise reaction that may allow, not so horribly long from now, for a renewal of common life. Here are some notes on things seen by one walker in the city, and some voices heard among New Yorkers bearing witness, on and off the streets.
My goal has been to understand Jon and his feelings. It took a while before I could read his very special body languages. At first I spent a lot of time just to get to know him and his family before I pulled the camera out. After a while they got more relaxed and comfortable with me being around, so that I could come closer and make more intimate moments with my camera. It has been a challenge to create that closeness and to capture his personality through the lens, as well as an eye opening experience for me personally and photographically.—Sara Marie Ramsoe