YEAR TWO OF THE PANDEMIC.
Let’s call it The Year of the Needle.
And all the hope, and contention, that came with it.
Besides injections, this year the pandemic brought overrun ICUs, long-awaited reunions and miraculous recoveries.
Seattle Times photographers also covered protests and politics, homelessness, a record heat wave, floods, snowstorms and one of the more unusual sports years in memory. Leavening all of that, fortunately, were exceptional moments of everyday lives. (Oh, and there’s the circumstance of a certain cat that might be the picture of how many of us feel.)
The safety of our photographers, and the people they photograph, is our first priority. Like most of us, the photographers and videographers of The Seattle Times have found ways to work around the hazards of the virus. They’re masked. They’re vaxxed. They’ve had countless COVID-19 tests up their nostrils. So far, so good. Not one of our visual journalists has gotten sick. Once again, “Knock on wood.”
And, once again, they’ve done really good work.
This annual feature of Pacific NW magazine, and our readers’ response to it, reminds those of us on the visual team of the extraordinary responsibility and good fortune we have to be the eyes of this news organization. It motivates us. It unifies us. It humbles us.
And, please, be careful out there!
PICTURES OF THE YEAR VIRTUAL SHOW
Our Pictures of the Year presentation, featuring Seattle Times photographers’ and videographers’ most memorable work, and the stories behind it, will be held online in partnership with Seattle Public Library. There is no charge, but registration will be required.