Editorial Commercial and Travel Photographer Susan Seubert Presents the 2020 – 2021 Covid Years, In Pictures
In mid-March, 2020, the doors to the world slammed shut. I clearly remember February of 2020 as I had traveled to Barbados on assignment for National Geographic Expeditions . As soon as we got off the plane, everyone who had landed that day in Bridgetown had to have a temperature check before they were allowed into the customs and immigration hall. It was then that I realized that the pandemic was already global, despite the ramblings of a lunatic who was president, at the time, of the United States. By the time I was headed home from Barbados later that February, I started to see the collapse of the travel industry, but had no idea the far-reaching impact Covid would have. Today, in January of 2022, I have already lost 70% of my contracts for the forthcoming year and can only presume that the remaining ones will be cancelled due to the new, virulent Omicron variant of this virus. Somehow, I managed to bracket 2020 and 2021 with trips to Antarctica, plus a few other choice assignments. The first pre-pandemic trip was in January 2020 with visits to not only to Antarctica but also to the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. I managed to squeeze in jobs in Europe as well as the Faroe Islands and Iceland. Most recently, in December 2021, I visited the Antarctic Peninsula twice, with 4 trips across the Drake Passage. The following images were all made between January 2020 and December 2021, including a few from the George Floyd protests that I made for the New York Times in my hometown of Portland, Oregon. I hope that this next phase of Covid moves away quickly. I hope that you and your loved ones are all safe and healthy. I hope that I can return to the job that I love and to which I have devoted 30+ years of my life. If you would like to order a print of anything, please send me a private message and I will answer within 24 hours. For commercial bookings, please contact Jenna at TeesonReps. Thank you for visiting my blog and please follow me on Instagram!