Michael Padilla

On September 1st I was assigned to a COVID-19 Hospital ward in the infectious diseases department of the local hospital and while the paint was still drying in some of the rooms and caudilimetros (oxygen flow-meter) to supply oxygen to patients were being installed, I began to work in ciclos (paired shifts) of 12-hour day, 24-hour rest, 12-hour night, 3 days-rest, another ciclo, four days-rest, rinse, repeat.

By the end of October, I had witnessed more deaths than I had imagined possible in such a short time. The experience has profoundly affected me and is something that I will always carry with me.

The photographic project, is an exercise in processing these experiences through photographic meditation, text, and repetition, an exercise in therapeutical photography.

At times I have no words so I make photographs.

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