In the ongoing series called Selected People done over the past twelve years, I made complex composite photos--frequently chaotic and crowded--of people on the street around Boston, where I live.
My method was to put my camera on a tripod, took from 300 to 1,000 pictures and compiled the selected figures into a final photograph that is kind of a still time-lapse. I changed nothing—not a pixel. I simply decided what to keep and what to omit.
When the pandemic hit and I was unable to go outside, I began to rework photos from the series to fit the current mood. I went through my archives and looked at the hundreds of raw exposures that constitute each finished photograph. I reimagined the world as a more attenuated, regimented, and somber place.