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All the new pandemic graves, 2

 

Another drone image from the cemetery, where the rough brown dirt, and a plywood cover, speak to the community’s pandemic losses. And to all the families whose dinner tables, holidays, plans, and memories have been forever altered.

Lubbock, Texas
photographed 12.29.2020
Nathan Harvey, drone pilot

All the new pandemic graves, 1

There were more new graves at this cemetery than I’d ever noticed before, surely a result of the 626 COVID deaths* in Lubbock.

I had a philosophical argument with myself over even making this image (and the two that will follow). It seemed intrusive in a way that my normal cemetery images don’t. But it also seemed historically important, also in a way that my regular cemetery images don’t.

History won.

Lubbock, Texas
photographed 12.29.2020
Nathan Harvey, drone pilot

*As of 1.14.2021.

Holy Water

Worship in the Time of COVID is not nearly as catchy a title as Love in the Time of Cholera.

And anyway, hand sanitizer as a narrative is really, really boring.

St. Boniface Catholic Church
Olfen, Texas
photographed 6.13.2020

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