New Mexico’s governor announced new reopening guidelines on Wednesday, May 13. As of Saturday, May 16, retail shops and some other gathering places, such as churches, may reopen with limited capacity and safety restrictions such as masks. I’d been wanting to document some of the closed shopping and tourist areas, so decided on Thursday that I would photograph some of them. It will be interesting to compare the landscapes a week from now as people tentatively venture out and a month from now when perhaps they will be more or less tentative. Pandemic history unfolding. [Click on images to view full sized.]
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Your photos are beautiful and make me nostalgic for all those special ABQ places. It does look haunting without the usual crowds and activity. I hope people are appropriately cautious when they return to the streets.
Smart idea, Jeanne. A friend in Washington DC recently did something simillar with the National Mall and other normally robust, but recently empty public spaces in the nation’s Capital. I wonder how many commercial videographers are using this opportunity to shoot HD vacant-city stock footage for future dystopic films and TV shows.
…or just to show locations without crowds blocking the view!