Masks as a Marker of the COVID Era

Masked Subway Rider - New York, New York

Masked Subway Rider – New York, New York

Like the rest of this series, I took this photo in June 2022 when I visited New York City. My street photography recorded numerous masked people, which would’ve looked odd pre-COVID. But a global pandemic has untold effects on behavior. Years from now, would people look back on these pictures as a marker of the COVID era?

Mask-wearing in Japan, many years before COVID, was a common practice. I wonder what lasting effects we will have in the U.S. and the rest of the world. I figure some risk-averse folks may wear them forever.

I like how I documented two masked users in this image from the New York subway system. That would be one place I would feel compelled to wear them.

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