The following is a second set of pictures from my walk through parts of the city of Boston on March 22nd, 2020 during a “Stay In Place” advisory.
Stay safe, everyone!
I can’t count how many times I have walked through Downtown Crossing, the North End and the Financial District of Boston in my lifetime (as I am sure many of you can’t either). Usually, it feels like familiar territory. But today, it felt completely foreign to me. The last time it felt like this? The week after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
From the TD Garden to South Station and everywhere between, the foot traffic was equally as scarce as vehicle traffic. Just as it was in Salem earlier this week, stores, bars, restaurants, you name it, were all closed.
The eerie calm that covered this part of the city today felt like a heavy blanket, one I would only be more than happy to pull off and throw on the ground. There were some people around, most either on their own or couples out for a Sunday stroll. Fortunately, most if not all were practicing the ol’ social distancing. There were also the occasional homeless individuals out and about, but even they were few and far between.
The silence, the lack of interaction and day-to-day life were okay at first but quickly made me feel uneasy as I walked around trying to find images of isolation and emptiness to document. Walking through the dead silence of the Financial District, I soon began to feel like I was in the 2002 film “…28 Days Later.” If you’ve seen the film, you know that this is not a good feeling to get from your Sunday city stroll.
After about 90 minutes of aimless wandering and picture taking -the first group presented here-, I was only more than happy to get the hell out of Beantown for the time being (I couldn’t even imagine being in New York City right now). I love Boston, but not like this.
Boston, New York, London, India…wherever you may be as you read this. Please be safe and practice social distancing (I took these shots by myself and was never close to anyone else). We’ll see you back here soon.
Happy New Year!
The following are a series of pics I shot at sunrise on New Year’s Day at Fort Sewall in Marblehead, Massachusetts. I was up and out the door at five am, and was immediately embraced by the absolute silence that surrounded me from the moment I left my house right up to when I left Marblehead a few hours later. It was a terrific way to usher in the new year and decade, and the perfect way for me to start the next chapter of my life.
As we close out this year and…yikes…decade, I just wanted to thank everyone who has visited the blog and supported my photography. Traffic more than doubled over last year’s totals -the best year yet for the blog-, and I am very, very grateful for each and every one of you who did so and will continue to do so.
On to 2020! Happy New Year, everyone!
Here are a couple of more shots from my wandering around the North End and Seaport Districts the night of my birthday. I wanted to try and capture the noir feel of the films of the 1940s and 50s in the first shot. Probably getting someone to lie face down in the middle of the alley when I took the shot might have helped with that.