Dr Anthony Fauci didnt make time magazines person of the year in 2020,
but this is how New York city artist Tim Okamura has portrayed Fauci the year the coronavirus pandemic hit.
And some of them you could see him looking kind of dejected I could see him
like you could see Trump sort of in the background talking and its funny to see like Faucis expression,
and just trying to capture a sense of a certain sense of stoicism and and intellect and thought,
and sort of his his presence in the pantheon of American,
sort of personalities that have been at the forefront during this pandemic.
Okamura has also focused on nurses.
Im living across the street from Wyckoff Heights medical center which is absolutely full of covid patients
and in fact where one of the first covid uh patients in New York was treated,
and also unfortunately passed away.
So I was seeing medical workers going in and out of the hospital daily.
I was seeing their stress and the the strain that they were going through.
Okamura adjusted his art to the new reality and learned to paint face masks and gloves.
He dedicated special attention to the doctors and nurses name tags
because most of their faces were covered with protective equipment.
As people when youre trying to connect with somebody
you feel that theres kind of a barrier between you and that person
but the eyes are where youre going to find that interaction.
Jenny V can only be recognized when you look into her eyes
只有当你看着Jenny V 的眼睛时，她才能被认出。
when shes at work she always wears a mask.
After working a 12-hour shift at a vaccination site she says the vaccines offer hope.
It feels great because its signaling an end to a pandemic hopefully sooner rather than later,
and its nice to see that people are coming in for it and
just excited to get it just as excited as we are to give it.
NYU langone health lowered its flags to honor the covid victims.
Back in may, after we worked long hours fighting covid
she found it hard to come down during her two-hour drive home thats when Okamura met her.
We were never taught in nursing school on how to handle a pandemic
so when it hit we were all scared ourselves, we all have families young children elderly parents,
and when the pandemic hit it was we were just pretty much trying to figure out how to get by day to day.
V says while covid vaccines are a light at the end of the tunnel, the tunnel is very long.
She hasnt seen Okamuras portrait of her yet, just a picture on instagram.
When its safe to do so Okamura will give it to her as a gift
like he will gift the other portraits of medical workers
as a way to give thanks and remember the pandemics toll on human lives.
Vladimir Lenski in New York Anna Rice VOA news