Social Abstinence 1

New Series, Social Abstinence

Yesterday was the announcement of a major package of measures to curb the corona virus, COVID-19. One of the measures is social abstinence and keeping a distance from each other. This gives empty streets with a few individuals. An almost unreal picture.

I belong to the risk group which means that I have to go outside as little as possible. Once a day I go for a walk to get some much-needed exercise. Of course, the camera goes with me then.

The idea was there from the beginning, only the idea didn’t have a name yet. This came while I was on the road and noticed that people kept a distance from each other. You could clearly see that the route was chosen on the basis of other walkers and that people avoided meeting each other.

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The series will be done in dark black and white. What I encounter will be largely coincidental because I only go out for an hour. If I don’t encounter anyone then it will be pictures of empty streets. I try to accentuate the loneliness by highlighting the main character or subject in the photo. The example in the photo above clearly shows this, the person is walking in the light while it gets darker and darker around him further away.

In the example below you can see the same technique with couples, the people belong together but yet again are in social isolation from the rest of hum environment.

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The full series can eventually be seen below. during at least the days leading up to April 6, 2020, the series will grow daily.

The photos

In the meantime, stay safe and hang in there. We’ll beat the virus!

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