With a click of the camera, Douglas Clifford captures history in the making as a photographer for the Tampa Bay Times, a Florida newspaper.
“It’s a privilege to do what I do because I have the opportunity to be a journeyman for the community. I can go out and gather information, says Doug.”
Now, he’s more passionate than ever, back on the job after more than a month and this assignment is covering a park affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
“I exhibited coronavirus symptoms in late March. I had several weeks of making pictures as the virus was starting to spread across into North America, says Doug.”
Because of the risks associated with Doug’s career, his doctor ordered a coronavirus test. Sure enough, he tested positive. During Doug’s recovery, he not only focused on getting back on the job but also making a difference.
After fully recovering from COVID-19, Doug became a convalescent plasma donor, he says, “I felt like this is the next layer of how I can help. If there is even one person that can recover and I can just give a little bit of something from inside my body and it can help them turn around. I mean that’s my obligation, that’s my duty. I have to do it.”