John Taggart
New York, NY

Working as a photographer in NYC during a normal week (pre-pandemic), you are constantly pitching story ideas to editors or hoping the phone rings so you can head out to an assignment - jumping from one story to the next, hoping you get work or that you get paid. It is a very exhausting profession both mentally and physically, even in good times.

If anything the pandemic has kept me busier than before — early on, especially, assignments were flying in. (Now I am actually concerned if there will be work after the pandemic. As always. #photojournalism)  
In all my work, I always focus on the little things, on objects that were left behind or forgotten, or some small movement, but New York always moves so fast that most of these moments only last for a few seconds. But, during this pandemic, when most New Yorkers are not moving at all, some of these things have had a little more time to absorb. Or, maybe, I’ve had more time to see.

That is one positive of photographing during the pandemic — having parts of city to yourself that you used to not be able to see at all because there were so many people  — but it has also been a challenge in ways I wouldn’t have expected.

Right now, if you head out all day to shoot the city, there is no easy place to sit and file pictures to my editors, and also no place to find a bathroom that is open.

- John