The year 2020 started out like any other for the photo staff at The Day. As 2020 comes to an end we can definitively say it has been a year like no other.
Over the course of a year The Day's photojournalists will take tens of thousands of photos, covering everything from the routine to the unique events that make up life in southeastern Connecticut.
Our goal every year is to tell the stories of the people, organizations, and events as best we can. We strive to be as comprehensive and diverse in our coverage as our resources allow. Our goal is always to expand the experiences of you, our readers, by bringing a view into the places and events you may not get to, or may miss out on.
As the coronavirus pandemic spread across the nation and world, and into our corner of it, The Day's photojournalists stayed on the job, continuing to document, as best we could given the precautions everyone has had to observe, the lives and experiences of our region.
Working from our cars, or our homes, and not from The Day's newsroom in New London, the staff faced the challenges both of staying safe in the face of a public health crisis as well as a community transformed. The people and events we often relied upon for our daily coverage were, quite suddenly, cancelled, or no longer accessible to us.
No collection of photos is going to be truly representative of either the community, or even the narrower body of work created over the course of the year, but we hope that these two collections, The Favorite Photos features in both print and online as well as a gallery of The Day's Best Photos, at least give you a small sense of the year and how we saw it.
Sean D. Elliot
Director of Photography