It takes a virus.

And so we launch our blog on the very day that our respective gyms close, yours in Chennai, mine in Boston. That is perhaps the most disorienting—more so even than the closure of restaurants, museums, and libraries. COVID-19 has taken hold, if not of our respiratory systems, then surely of our obsessive minds. Things are all topsy turvy now.

In an act of resistance, I am posting a photo of a photo that makes me smile every time I walk into my study. The photographer is Alain Laboile, whose talk I attended two years ago at Leica Boston. It was a rare instance that I liked someone else’s photograph enough to buy it. The girl, mid-air, radiates joy.

Alain Laboile

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