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Photography Essays

Stay the Blazes Home

Dispatches from Nova Scotia during the COVID-19 Pandemic

by (photographer) Len Wagg

Publisher
Nimbus Publishing
Initial publish date
Oct 2020
Category
Essays, Photoessays & Documentaries
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781771089432
    Publish Date
    Oct 2020
    List Price
    $19.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781771089494
    Publish Date
    Nov 2020
    List Price
    $10.99

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Description

A photo-filled collection of stories about Nova Scotians' resilience during the pandemic from an award-winning photographer.

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, and life, at that moment, changed drastically for every Nova Scotian.

People were ordered to practice physical distancing. Everyday tasks like grocery shopping were suddenly fraught with challenges. Travellers scrambled to get home before the borders closed, and were then ordered to self-quarantine. Hospitals and health-care facilities prepared for a potential influx of critically ill patients. Through it all, Nova Scotians reacted with kindness and empathy, and came to recognize their everyday heroes—from grocery clerks to delivery drivers to the doctors and nurses on the front lines. But tales of some who flouted the rules arose. During a daily media briefing, Premier Stephen McNeil made the spirit of the order perfectly clear: "Stay the blazes home."

Through dozens of powerful stories that illuminate the generosity and ingenuity of Nova Scotians, Stay the Blazes Home captures the many ways Nova Scotians adapted to and embraced life during the COVID-19 pandemic. Featuring photographs by author and award-winning photographer Len Wagg, in addition to submitted images from all over the province, Stay the Blazes Home serves as a record of the resilience and the spirit of Nova Scotians in a time of crisis. Portions of the proceeds from this book will be donated to local mental health initiatives.

About the author

Since joining Halifax's Chonicle Herald in 1984, photographer Len Wagg has covered a variety of assignments in Nova Scotia and around the world, and his photographs have appeared in the New York Times, Maclean's, and Time magazine. In 2008 he won the Mayor's Award for Excellence in Illustration for Wild Nova Scotia, his photographic portrait of the province's protected areas.

Len lives in Wellington, Nova Scotia. Visit Len's website at www.lenwagg.ca

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Editorial Reviews

"This pandemic calls for us to look out for each other ahead of ourselves...I think Len has captured that fabulously in the stories of how Nova Scotians in so many ways, big and small, came together to look after each other." —Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia's Chief Medical Officer of Health

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