Covid-19 & The Evolution of Walking in 10 Photographs
One of my earliest favorite street shots is this one, taken one early Sunday morning in 2017 in downtown Cleveland. At the time it was an unremarkable shot -- friends, or more likely colleagues in town for a convention -- getting their early morning caffeine fix together.
I've since taken many similar shots -- a lunch-break walk a few blocks from my office in downtown Seattle:
One of my hip shots, which have horribly low "success rates" as far as their quality is concerned, resulted in one of my several "mistakes" that I like:
Again, if you ignore the out-of-focus, over-exposed technical issues, this is an unremarkable shot: Men and women walking together in the city.
Covid-19 has changed what comes out of my camera. My street shots are now variations of a theme:
Empty streets, solo walkers.
The most difficult images for me to view are the ones from downtown Seattle in the days following the Shelter at Home order in mid-March. Overnight, businesses shut down, offices closed, services stopped, foot traffic disappeared. Those who remained were alone.
There is no "new normal" yet. We're still sheltering at home, but in my walkabouts I am seeing foot traffic starting to increase. Occasionally I can capture a group walk, just like the good old days of...three months ago.