What is the most challenging part of Covid-19? 

 

I am someone who struggles with anxiety and at times feelings of safety in the world prior to this experience.  In the beginning, I felt a total panic of overwhelm that people were not safe and I was powerless to help.  That people who were most vulnerable could/would be overlooked and that many people were not taking serious steps to ensure safety. Also the general overwhelm of the gravity of this not just in my community but globally.

What has given you strength/ are there any unexpected positives from this time?

Realizing that safely I can help give others a voice to this time in our pandemic/history. 

That the moments of fear can turn into moments of reflection and points on which to take action. Finding a way to buy extra masks and safely distribute them to anyone any chance I get, essential workers, people on the street, anyone! The value of helping one another the best we all can. Staying in touch with dear friends in Africa, India, Brazil as well as at home. That connection to people in responsible ways is vital. Using creativity to reach outside the box.

Who do you wear a mask for?

I wear a mask for so many reasons: civic responsibility, respect and love for the people to who I am close, for the medical professionals who work tirelessly and without concern for their own safety, for all people whose occupations put them at risk so they can serve their community. And I wear it as a symbol of respect and means to honor our planet and everyone who lives here. Your well-being is my well-being because when we unite as one we are stronger then if we are separate.

Katherine Taylor

38 years old 

Photographer (self-portrait)