Human Parts
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Human Parts

Lived Through This

The New Normal

Photographing a year in quarantine

My daughter drawing rainbows in the window in March 2021 to cheer up neighbors during the lockdown. Photos: Rebecca Tien

On February 11, 2021, for the first time in 335 days, my fifth grader walked back in for his last “first day” of elementary school. The night before his return I found myself looking back over the year in photos in my Instagram feed, peppered with tags such as #TheNewNormal, #TheCovidLife. After almost a year, I’m not clear…




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Rebecca Tien

Rebecca Tien

I am a freelance photographer and writer drawn to stories of small everyday moments and broader stories about community and social justice

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