35mm Black and White Film, New York City. I was in New York in March, and flew back to London on the 21st, and watched the city starting to close around me. Squares became less busy, more children made an appearance on the streets as the schools shut, more masks, fewer people on the subway. It was a gradual transition, and I did my best to document it.

It was a slow, snowball effect as announcements from the government became more urgent. Shelter in place orders began in California, and it was only a short time before they began in New York as well. 

Things didn’t seem too different to begin with, but the attitudes and behaviours of those around me started to shift.

The metro started to become more and more sparse, Coney Island seemed to vanish entirely, and a couple of days before my flight my favourite pizza place closed as well. 

As fewer workers and tourists there were they were replaced by the disadvantaged; homeless, addicts, and the mentally ill, who either didn’t care, or had nowhere to go.

About the author:

I am a British photojournalist, writer, and educator.

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