Photo Journaling


One way to document your COVID-19 experiences is with images rather than (or in addition to) words. The images below were taken by various New York State Library staff members throughout the pandemic.

Spaces and Places

empty parking lot in front of Regal Cinema (Clifton Park, NY)


The parking lot at the Regal movie theater in Clifton Park, NY, is completely empty on a Saturday afternoon.

SEFCU bank with lines of cars for the drive-through teller extending around the building.


Lines for drive-through banking wrap around the SEFCU building in Clifton Park, NY.


fabric mask, scissors, pin cushion and other sewing supplies on a cutting mat


Many people began sewing fabric masks, for themselves and others in their families and communities.

Sign on brick wall with two healthcare workers: Health Care Heroes - Not all heroes wear capes.


Poster honoring all healthcare workers.

Blue door with a hand-made sign: Thank you for delivering our mail! Hero.


Sign taped to a door tp thank the mail carrier.

518 Rainbow Hunt

A hite porch with a home-made banner over the railing that has a rainbow and the words Rainbow Hunt


Rainbow hunt banner on a house, Albany, NY.

Store window of Sheehy Opticians with a rainbow where each row of color is made from colored cutouts in the shape of eyeglases.


Rainbow "glasses" in the window of Sheehy Opticians, Albany, NY.

Part of the Hilton Garden Inn, with a rainbow that spans three windows.


Rainbow in the windows of the Hilton Garden Inn, Albany, NY.

Entrance to a colorful Victorian house, with a rainbow painted on the walkway and in mosaic on the stair risers.


Rainbows on the walkway and stairs of the Albany Art Room.

Rainbow drawn on the ground in chalk.


Rainbow drawn on the ground to help with social distancing at the Tastee-Freeze in Delmar, NY.

Celebrating Holidays

A sign in the shape of a large dark blue egg, decorated with lighter blue and pink handprints and the number 5.


With no large gatherings allowed, Easter was celebrated a little differently this year.

Lawn decoration of two striped eggs, with chicks just hatching, on either side of the number 7.


The Cobleskill United Methodist Church sponsored a new twist on the traditional Easter egg hunt - the Cobleskill Neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt.

Front door with a spring wreath above a large white egg with bunny whiskers and the number 74.


Over 80 houses and business throughout the village of Cobleskill put homemade eggs up in front of their houses and families wandered the village looking for the eggs.

Grocery Shopping in the Time of COVID

Entrance door to a supermarket, with a signs about policies in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Instructions on the door of the Prce Chopper supermarket in Guilderland, NY.

The aisle of a grocery store, with empty shelves.


No toilet paper to be had!

Partly empty grocery shelves, with several packages of toilet paper at the end of the section.

Lucky day - today there's toilet paper in stock!

Sign on shelf of cleaning products limiting the number each customer can purchase to one per day.


Cleaning supplies were often hard to obtain, too.

Round sign on the floor of a grocery store asking customers in line to 'please wait here/practice social distancing'


Sign on the floor of Hannaford supermarket (Round Lake, NY) encouraging social distancing when checking out.

Signs of the Times

Sign: Please line up along bldg and space out 6' between each other. Only 1 person per family in store.


Sign outside bakery (Clifton Park, NY), directing people to line up six feet apart and limit the number of people entering the store.


Sign at the Tastee Freeze in Delmar, NY, thanking people for practicing social distancing while waiting in line.

Sign: Face covering required.


Sign at Staples (Clifton Park, NY) noting that customers entering the store are required to wear face coverings.

Sign: Help us practice social distancing.


Sign on the door of Staples (Clifton Park, NY) describing social distancing procedures.

Last Updated: May 18, 2020