2020: A Dumpster Fire Odyssey

On the last day of this tumultuous year, my colleague Annamaria and I reflect on 2020. It started off grand with so much hope and promise . . . and then things went a bit arseways.

To end the year, we at 80 Proof Photos present a photographic retrospect to show how this year had went for some of us.

January at a brewery in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Annamaria Lu
February at Carnival in Willemstad, Curaçao.
Khoa A. Dao
March in the Loop in Chicago, Illinois.
Khoa A. Dao
April in Hyde Park in Chicago, Illinois.
Khoa A. Dao
May at the Trump Tower in Chicago, Illinois.
Khoa A. Dao
June in St. Louis, Missouri.
Annamaria Lu
July in Saugatuck, Michigan.
Khoa A. Dao
August at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, Missouri.
Annamaria Lu
September on the north branch of Chicago River.
Khoa A. Dao
October in St. Louis, Missouri.
Annamaria Lu
November at the Trump Tower in Chicago, Illinois.
Khoa A. Dao
December at Tower Grove Park in St. Louis, Missouri.
Annamaria Lu

There were highs, and there were lows. Our spirits may have been bruised but never broken. We were given a shit deal, but we made the best of it and carried on as we could. There were moments where all I could utter was a sharp and tired, “Oh for fuck’s sake!” But we endured. So as we step into 2021 and a bright, brand new day, I can see a distant speck of light getting ever closer that we will have a return of hope and promise.

© Annamaria Lu, Khoa A. Dao, 80 Proof Photos

Author: Khoa A. Dao

Renaissance man with the temperament of a beagle; easily bored, needing to be active and explore, prone to picking fights with the Red Baron.

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