Six Fifty/Palo Alto Weekly photographer Magali Gauthier puts on a corona-sweater to get the shot
Toss that day’s used masks and gloves in the garbage. Sanitize hands. Wipe down camera, laptop and car with disinfecting wipes. Remove sweater. Leave it in the car. Get inside the house. Wash hands. Wipe down door knobs, keys, phone and water bottle with even more disinfecting wipes. Laundry. Shower. Put on clean clothes.
I do this every evening when I get off work. My routine probably doesn’t differ much from that of other essential workers who can’t work from home.
I’m a photojournalist working in the Bay Area. I spend every day capturing images of our community coping in the face of the novel coronavirus crisis. There’s the grocery store workers that are trying to keep safe. The parents with diminished incomes and more kids at home now. The restaurants that have switched to contactless take out orders. And the people trying to help their high-risk neighbors with everyday tasks.
Through my photos, I get to show readers more than the data popping out of our county public health departments. Instead, it’s on-the-ground imagery that reflects how our community is coping, as well as the all-too-unsung workers who are getting us through this crisis.
So here is a selection of photographed moments that demonstrate our resiliency, fear, kindness and determination through this crisis. Take a look….and stay safe….
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