John Taggart
New York, NY

I have made a deal with my own mental health to go out and photograph everyday as we head into summer.

Last year at this time, New York City was at the peak of the pandemic. Life before in the spring was at a dead stop. There were very few New Yorkers on the streets or subways. Empty streets ruled the pictures.
Later, in November of 2020, I lost my father to Covid-19. Since then I have looked for hope and a brighter future and absorbed anything positive.

As I sat on the train on my way to Coney Island this cold spring day, I saw a brief moment of a lady looking out the window — a sign of hope. Just a week later the Wonder Wheel opened for the first time since the pandemic started.

- John