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Archive week, pandemic period.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The last time I had to attend a meeting in person was March 10, and as it later turned out – one of the people at the meeting already had COVID. She’s recovered, thank goodness, but like a lot of my friends who have come down with this bug, describes an extended period of recovery from it with a distinct set of medical symptoms different from the active fever period. There’s a reason the word novel is in its name, I guess. One has not been tested for the virus, yet, but I’ve got a doctor’s appointment next week for a routine checkup and they’ll be taking blood anyway…

This week, I’m feeling kind of reflective on the recent tribulations, so I thought it might be interesting to review where I’ve been and what I was taking pictures of.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

I’ve been working on the whole night photography thing for a while now, so wandering around the deserted and darkened streets of Long Island City on March 14th wasn’t out of the ordinary for me. I’ve been trying to observe a day in/ day out model through the pandemic, emerging from HQ well after sunset and heading for the mostly shut down industrial zones. Few, if any, humans spreading cooties hereabouts.

It’s going to be a while, perhaps never, before someone jabs you in the butt with a needle and says “Circle, circle, dot, dot, now you’ve got the cooties shot.”

– photo by Mitch Waxman

This one is also from March 14th, and is (I think) from the corner of 31st street and Northern Blvd. looking towards the new Durst Organization building rising above Queens Plaza. The dream is within reach, lords and ladies – you can soon not only live in Queens Plaza you can also swim around in an infinity pool high above it.

The next morning in March, I seem to recall, is when all the bad news bombs started going off. Remember Murder Hornets and toilet paper shortages? LOL.

Note: I’m writing this and several of the posts you’re going to see for the next week at the beginning of the week of Monday, June 22nd. My plan is to continue doing my solo photo walks around LIC and the Newtown Creek in the dead of night as long as that’s feasible. If you continue to see regular updates as we move into April and beyond, that means everything is kosher as far as health and well being. If the blog stops updating, it means that things have gone badly for a humble narrator.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

June 22, 2020 at 11:00 am

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