In NPR, Tara Wray shares scenes of isolation in Vermont. NPR introduces Wray, writing:
Vermont is a state of vast beauty, yet for all its idyllic Green Mountain landscapes, living there takes a certain amount of grit. The state’s bitter winters can last as long as six months, only to be followed by “mud season” – the character-building preamble to spring that turns the ground to sludge and makes dirt roads impassable.
In the best of times, a healthy portion of the year in rural Vermont requires a type of isolation and self-sufficiency unknown in many parts of the country. But the coronavirus has tested Vermonters like never before. The virus can be particularly dangerous for the elderly, and Vermont’s population is the third oldest by median age in the nation.
In March, Governor Phil Scott issued state-of-emergency orders designed to keep people in their homes. Thinking it an essential moment to document, photographer Tara Wray, a Vermont transplant from Kansas by way of New York City, traveled through her community to take portraits — through windows and from a safe distance — of her older neighbors. She also spoke with them about how they’re coping in the age of social distancing.
See Wray’s photos here.