March 5, 2020. My neighbor left his apartment wearing a snake around his neck on his way to work at the pet store, and later I asked him to pose for this portrait.
April 7 and April 25, 2020. Springtime brought signs of death and life in unexpected places. On the sidewalk rested a bird that didn't make it far from the nest. On an empty storefront, children's drawings were displayed.
Moments of joy, public opinion and Jasper pride were everywhere. I saw custodians keep the courthouse maintained, lowering the flag on Memorial Day and mowing the lawn. In May, the Square was host to peaceful protesters demonstrating against police brutality and racism. In August, Heart of Jasper volunteers power-washed the sidewalks while siblings twirled around in a leaky garden hose, children slurped shaved ice at the Downtown Chowdown and visited with Santa Claus in December.
May 22, 2020. Jasper Courthouse Custodian Scott Hopf lowers the flag and places a wreath ahead of Memorial Day.