Friday: The Socialite

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On your mark, get set, let’s go exploring the city through a lense, making memories of life in quarantine by taking photos of places without people. A friend of mine inspired this project when she told me she was going into the city to document streets and landmarks that are usually busy and bustling, that now lay in peculiar silence. She said to me, “There will never be another time quite like this, where the whole world goes still as if it ceases to exist.” Pretty crazy, huh? That pretty much sums up the experience we’ve had over the past few months, no matter where you were in the world.

Before things get back to “normal” it might be interesting to dust off that old camera, and go out to see the sights and sounds of empty. I took a drive down to Niagra Falls a month ago, and at 10pm on a Friday night, it was absolutely deserted! My family and I had the best view from any point we wanted to stand because there was no one around! We stood there and watched the falls change colours, and it was almost eerie. It reminded me of one of those apocalyptic movies you watch on tv, as we stood in silence. At the same time, it was one of the easiest trips to Niagra that I’ve ever taken! No waits, no crowds, no stress. However, there is something clearly amiss about going to a famous tourist attraction without people there.

You will have to go out and see for yourself. It is a great time to be out enjoying the sun, and an even better time to catch the sunsets. Check out malls, financial districts, major streets, museums and restaurants. Who knows? These pictures may be worth something big one day as this pandemic becomes a part of our history; a story that will never be forgotten. Happy Friday everyone!

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