2020 – My COVID-19 Year in Review

Panoramic image of Manhattan skyline at sunset, displaying “I Want to Thank You” sign. ©Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

This year might be drawing to an end, but the coronavirus pandemic defining it is far from over and not done playing havoc with our lives and in so many ways. When it comes to Covid-19, I consider myself one of the lucky ones, and yet, it’s been a rough, tough, unforgivable year….

So, I’d like to take a moment and look back at images and events defining this year:

  • how it started:
Spending time in the sun with family. #tbt

  • how it ended (the year, not the struggle)
Here’s a #tbt self-portrait, made in an attempt to capture my state of mind hitting one of the many darkest moments of my life, this Covid-19 year; to be honest, I’m still trying to crawl my way out of that darkness, the light is nowhere to find just yet. ©Alina Oswald.

  • and throughout the year:

“How do you measure a year in life with COVID-19?” (inspired by the song “Seasons of Love” / RENT musical)

“How do you measure a year in life defined by Coronavirus pandemic?” ©Alina Oswald.

“I’ll Walk Alone” inspired by the song, “You’ll Never Walk Alone” performed each year at AIDS Walk NY. ©Alina Oswald. I talked more about in Making Meaning in a Pandemic course

Covid-19 Quarantine. Covid-19 Lockdown. “living in an upside-down world” ©Alina Oswald.
“Comfort, the first sliver of hope, reaches New York City” ©Alina Oswald.
Empire State Building in “siren colors” (red and white) as a thank-you message to coronavirus pandemic first responders. ©Alina Oswald.

The symbolism of 7pm and 7pm cheer for coronavirus first responders:

Quarantine Life: The Symbolism of 7pm Cheer. ©Alina Oswald.
Quarantine Life. Quarantine Self-Portraits. #PhotographersInIsolation ©Alina Oswald

Also, NYC heart

The Heart of New York City. ©Alina Oswald.

…and NYC Pride 2020:

Read more about it in my #tbt post Virtual Pride 2020

Fourth of July fireworks scattered all over the NYC Metro area:

4th of July 2020 fireworks in NYC were shot from various locations, at various times; here, from the top of Empire State Building. Photo ©Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

Maybe 2020 will forever be remembered by the coronavirus pandemic and all the related devastation, disease, and death; but 2020 will also be remembered as a year of activism, of fighting for the right to breathe (in so many ways), in fighting for our rights as human beings, for justice and truth, most importantly, for our democracy.

The fall of 2020 brought in not only foliage, but also November 2020 election signs:

2020 Halloween. Fall in the city; Biden/Harris signs and rainbow flags adorning yards and city streets. ©Alina Oswald. Read more about COVID-19 Halloween in my #tbt post Of Masks, Halloween and Coronavirus Pandemic

2020 US Election week as displayed in ESB lights. ©Alina Oswald. Read more about it in my #tbt post The Week That Was

Another way we’ll remember 2020 is the mask (and related hashtag, #wearamask). The mask has become the symbol of 2020, the COVID-19 year, and for good reason.

Award-winning photograph by Alina Oswald.

The Mask: by wearing it correctly, over our noses and mouths, we can do our part in keeping ourselves and our fellow human beings safe from the virus; unfortunately, too many people has simply refused to do that, to do their part….

Discarded. ©Alina Oswald #wearamask

The Mask: by wearing it correctly, over our noses and mouths, we can do our part in keeping ourselves and our fellow human beings safe from the virus

Under the Covid-19 Dome” was included in The Pandemic Archive Project ©Alina Oswald. #coronaart

And so, at the end of this Covid-19 year, I’d like to thank those who, ever since the beginning of this pandemic, have been thoughtful enough of their their fellow neighbors, friends, family members and of their communities to wear masks correctly and maintain safe physical distance when in public, in order to keep everybody, themselves included, from contracting the coronavirus. And also, I believe that’s unfortunate, heartbreaking, disappointing and sad that so many others have chosen not to care…. So, a big Thank You! to those who’ve cared!

Sunset spotlights “I Want to Thank You” sign on NYC’s waterfront. ©Alina Oswald.

Also, a big Thank You! to all of you who always take the time to stop by and read my blog. Appreciate it and hope this finds you safe and well.

‘Til next time,

Alina Oswald

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