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June 19, 2020

It's tough at the moment to find the words to describe the last few months. With quarantine and inflamed racial tensions across the US, it has certainly been a historically difficult year for our country to say the very least.

Most of my spare time has been filled with walking my dog and taking photos of flowers---which has been so therapeutic during this time. It's been rewarding to photograph something for myself that I normally wouldn't.

 

 

During this historic time in our country, I've considered my role as a journalist. Where do I fit in this? When the first night of protesting began in Indianapolis, without much thought I hopped on my bike and went to work. No one had asked me to be there, but I showed up. I had the "this is what we do" mentality, which I am ashamed to admit. I also photographed some clean-up the following morning. But as things set in, I felt immense guilt.

 

Was I needed as a photographer in that situation? Would I have been better off staying home, and keeping myself and others safe (ie. taking up physical space/not to mention a global pandemic)? Was I better to be there as a white person, linking my arms to protect others rather than photographing?

 

I've gained a mentality somewhere along the way that when news is breaking, "we" show up.

Something felt off though. I don't think I thought about what was REALLY happening initially.

 

I don't know the answers to my questions. But thinking about them has challenged me as a journalist and I am continuing to think about them.

 

I stayed put for the following nights when riots developed. I told myself, unless I was assigned, I would not be occupying space for safety reasons. (I DID however, take a lens along with me to a Black Lives Matter city skate cruise I took part in).

 

My challenges feel selfish, but feel worth noting as I share some images with you all.

 

To my few readers, I hope you are well, staying mindful and staying safe.

Below are a few photos from the Black Lives Matter city cruise. 

 

 

Lastly, I'd like to include a NYT assignment I worked on early COVID. It's about a rural hospital in Indiana and how they handled a surge of COVID cases in their small town.

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/16/health/coronavirus-rural-hospitals.html

 

 

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