Words and Photos by Thomas Hengge

Normally he would sleep over at his girlfriend’s house. The night before his father died, something told him to come home.

On March 20 at 4:30 a.m., Kyle Jackowski was jolted awake by screams echoing throughout his parent’s Long Island home. …

A Freelance Photojournalist’s Experience at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Photo: Thomas Hengge

It felt like business as usual for whatever this was supposed to be, a show of force, maybe? I was running low on charge and felt like the mob had come to a standstill, a good time to…

Photo: Thomas Hengge

For my family, Christmas this year was small, different, like everyone else’s. FaceTimes and phone calls replaced hugs and kisses. A negative COVID-19 test, the ticket to come to dinner in person — even then, rightfully so, it was kept limited.

In April, COVID-19 overwhelmed New York City.

As hundreds of deaths became thousands, death became our new normal. I traveled through eerily quiet, deserted streets across the five boroughs, documenting abandoned tourist destinations, desolate subway tunnels, emptied parks and locked up businesses.

We saw things you just don’t see in…

Thomas Walter Hengge

Thomas Hengge is an New York-based photojournalist.

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