Published in Miles from D.C, a photo book by
Photojournalism Studio II at Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at George Washington University
A few weeks before the coronavirus pandemic began to take hold of the U.S. I was talking with a friend about how I wanted to put life on pause. Now that I have this pause I find myself noticing the elegance of everyday scenes I previously found mundane. Being in my home state of Florida has also made me appreciate the niche details of life in the sunshine state. In response to these new outlooks, as well as the fact that life won’t be the same after the pandemic, I made these photographs. I wanted to convey the quietness and uncertainty many people are now experiencing. Under these circumstances everyone is reminded of how delicate life is and to appreciate the small things.

Michelle Walsh watches President Donald Trump give a daily press briefing regarding the COVID-19 pandemic on  April 7, 2020. Walsh is a Certified Executive Pastry Chef and considered an essential worker.

A dead fish lays on the sidewalk in Jupiter, Fla. on April 25, 2020. Almost six miles from the ocean, the fish was out of place and seemed peculiar, much like pandemic and the 2020 year overall.
An empty chair sits inside, stagnant and isolated like many people during quarantine. April 13, 2020.
Tattered caution tape flows in the wind at an entrance to Juno Beach, Fla. while a tissue hangs from palmetto leaves on May 2, 2020.
A pineapple top freshly cut from a home garden in Jupiter, Fla. on March 28, 2020.  Gardening and taking care of plants were many people's hobbies during the quarantine.
Téa Walsh tends to her plants at home in Jupiter, Fla. on March 20, 2020. As she completed her junior year of high school online, Walsh began learning more about plants and gardening during quarantine.
A pink teddy bear and an American flag sit inside a car in Juno Beach, Fla. on May 2, 2020. Teddy bears are placed throughout the United States in windows, porches, and cars as a scavenger hunt to entertain children while maintaining social distancing.
Shoes on the back of a truck in Jupiter, Fla. on April 25, 2020. The same shoes and the same truck remain parked on the side of the road everyday. 
Veins on Michelle Walsh’s leg while she talks to her Mom on the phone in Jupiter, Fla. on April 5, 2020. Walsh’s Mom usually visits Florida during this time of the year but did not this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Walsh feared that it could have been the last chance to see her Mom, as her Mom is considered at risk for COVID.
Footprints on the edge of a pool during morning in Jupiter, Fla. on March 20, 2020. Many pools are closed to maintain social distancing, but some remain open.
The reflection of a backyard in Jupiter, Florida can be seen in the window, while two cats watch lizards and birds roam freely outside on March 20, 2020. During the COVID-19 pandemic many people felt isolated and trapped, jokingly admitting that they now understand how their pets feel most of the time.
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