We are pleased to present the winners of Briscoe Library's 5th Annual Photography Competition: Image of a Pandemic. Thank you to everyone who submitted a photo and a special thank you to our panel of judges!
Karalyn Killgore, School of Health Professions
The mask represents a lot of our identity during the pandemic. Many of us, myself included, have started to learn new facial expressions to represent ourselves, or how to recognize someone by their eyes. I often feel hidden when I wear a mask, or that what I am trying to convey in a conversation is sometimes lost because nearly half of my face is obscured. The face covering has become a regular item of clothing sold in nearly all retails shops as of now, and most likely has changed the way people around the world dress. I wanted to portray in the photo not only the separation from our current shift in dress and facial recognition from previous years, but the separation of who we may be with masks versus without masks. Healthcare workers, especially, are required to mask their identity to protect their patients and selves; however, it could be said that potential intimacy of a healthcare-professional and patient relationship could be dampened.
Sammy Russell, Long School of Medicine
Life with all its majesty, the sounds of the city, and the crowds in a station all were drowned by the sound of silence. It was deafening.
Life was an evermoving string of pictures in front of my eyes, and suddenly because of the pandemic, I looked out there and it was like a still picture, with no movement and no sign of anybody out there.
My camera lens captured a still image, but when I put the camera down, I saw a string of similar still images rolling in, one after another and never changing, similar to the urban desolation when we entered this pandemic.
The tracks went on to disappear in the darkness while the quiet hung in the air like a morning mist. Like these tracks, nobody really knew where we were going or being led. We were all along for the ride.
Raksha Parathasarathy, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
The Valley of Flowers is known for its stunning meadows of a variety of flowers against a backdrop of the gorgeous and scenic Himalayan Range. It is also home to rare species of fauna. All of these components together make the Valley of Flowers. Similarly, the COVID-19 pandemic is sprinkled with many variants of the coronavirus, a crown wearing virus (the outercoat of the virus resembles a crown). As we push through the COVID-19 pandemic we have seen resilient, kind, and empathetic people serving mankind in everyway possible, set against the backdrop of colossal acts of humanity that are rarely brought to light. The continuous effort put in by the healthcare workers and the research community to control and end this pandemic is truly a stunning sight. We are walking through the Valley of Crowns akin to the Valley of Flowers, together.
Phillip Yang, Long School of Medicine
The masks on My Mask Shelf have come from: my parents, clinical sites, community organizations, the city government, Amazon.com, friends, and school. I use the single disposable masks for clinical sites. I’ll double mask with an n95 if there’s projected to be a lot of COVID patients. I use the black reusable one for my personal life when there are not many people, and double mask with an n95 if there are a lot of people. The dark green masks hurt my ears, so I don’t use those anymore. The n95s I got from my parents don’t fit my face, so I’m saving them as a last resort. Masks fog up my glasses, so I only wear contacts now. I always carry an extra mask in my backpack and my car in case I forget to leave with one. These habits have been learned from the pandemic, 2 years and counting. I don’t remember what I used this cabinet shelf for before the pandemic, but for now and for the foreseeable future, but hopefully not forever, this is My Mask Shelf.
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