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COVID.325 Documents Local Perspectives On The Global Pandemic

May 25, 2020

A photography project on Facebook is documenting the experiences of Abileneans during the COVID-19 pandemic.  It's kind of like Humans of New York with a COVID-19 twist.  Naoemi Loredo and her partner Dante Wehe started the project to help locals process their own feelings about the pandemic, and to document history as it happens.  The pictures capture everything from frustrated business owners who had to shut down for weeks, to skateboarding kids, and essential workers concerned about putting their families at risk.  There are also photos of toilet paper and tape marking off six-foot distances on the floor.  Check the project out for yourself here.

Loredo says even after things start to become normal, she may continue the project, tracking things that have changed permanently, and following up with the subjects she's talked to during the Limited Shelter in Place.

After the interview Naoemi asked if she could take my picture and include me in the project and I agreed.