Browse Exhibits (5 total)
For this project, I took pictures of the places I used to visit before the quarantine happened. Most places like the mall, restaurants, and the UWM campus were obviously closed and empty; the images were very impactful to see and odd to take. Overall, these pictures are a representation of my daily life and other Milwaukee residents’ lives during the stay at home order. I hope that these images can be used as documentation when looking back at what life was like during the pandemic.
Playgrounds have been blocked off using bright yellow caution tape to keep children from playing on them due to Wisconsin’s Safer at Home order during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the caution tape protects children from spreading and contracting the virus, it gives the generally joyful and youthful space the eerie feeling of a crime scene. COVID-19 has turned some of the busiest communities into ghost towns, and the taped off playgrounds add yet another haunting layer to the devastating effects of the pandemic.
In March 2020, Wisconsinites were ordered to stay at home to stop the spread of COVID-19. This forced places that were once full of people to become all but abandoned until further notice. This photo series documents some of these epmty spaces.
During quarantine I took pictures of empty parking lots around the area. Because of the global pandemic currently going on, I wanted to see how places have changed due to the lack of human contact. It was both interesting and a little eerie at to see what you can find in empty spaces that are usually filled with so much life. By showing a space that was once always busy and full, it symbolizes how we all have to do our part in staying home so that those empty spaces can once again be filled with life when this pandemic is finally over. This project is meaningful to me and the larger community as well.
During the Safer at Home order, all people except for essential workers are advised to stay at home unless absolutely necessary. Currently, I work as a DoorDash driver, classified as essential. As I drove from destination to destination, I documented the streets of Milwaukee as I saw. Mostly desolate, the scenery proved quite beautiful.