Documenting the Pandemic in NYC with the Canon EOS R6

Residing within the NYC space means you’re dwelling round one of many biggest cities on the planet — a metropolis that now I’ve personally seen fall to its knees twice. As soon as on September eleventh. And now throughout COVID-19.

Like many photographers in my space, the need to doc the bare streets of Manhattan its not only a sturdy feeling; it’s virtually a duty (or obligation). Throughout early the early onset on the virus I, marriage ceremony and portrait photographer Vanessa Pleasure, had my fingers on two, unreleased, pre-production Canon R6 cameras.

I knew I couldn’t sit by and never photographically journal the jarring, historic time in my space. So I did my greatest, as a non-landscape or road photographer, to take photographs and video of what I noticed and skilled.

Getting down to {photograph} spots that I typically work in and main NYC areas, I knew I didn’t even need to depart my automobile to take action. So little was identified concerning the coronavirus at the moment that I didn’t need to threat even stepping foot on the NYC concrete sidewalks. So, I drove round and took footage of the empty Manhattan streets from my driver’s aspect window and thru the entrance windshield. The stillness of Manhattan was completely haunting.

Locations that I knew so effectively have been abandoned. Shops have been boarded up. The very lifetime of New York Metropolis that I really like was nowhere to be discovered. It was virtually unrecognizable. There have been only a few folks with masks on at this level since this was effectively earlier than masks have been obligatory in NYC.

It was earlier than it bought worse, on the very starting of all of it, and we have been all fairly uncertain of what was to come back.

I noticed regular issues like folks hanging out and having a smoke on entrance doorsteps. I noticed new issues like UPS drivers with masks on. There have been parking spots all over the place I went, which if you recognize something about New York Metropolis you recognize that’s very uncommon. The visitors within the usually overcrowded streets was so little that I virtually forgot to look each methods earlier than crossing fifth Avenue once I did determine to stroll into Central Park.

There I used to be met with the eerie sound of silence, accompanied solely by a single previous man taking part in his accordion largely for himself. However as I stored strolling, sustaining distance not only for the sake of 6 toes, but additionally for the sake of not letting anybody see the super-secret Canon EOS R6 I used to be utilizing, life appeared. I noticed kids taking part in, lovers sitting on a rock, and joggers having fun with with the ability to use the road. I noticed… hope.

Publishing this coronavirus vlog so many months later, so many levels worse… it’s a little surreal since we’re all nonetheless in it and a lot has occurred since. However my final assertion within the vlog stays the identical. I’ve hope.

Writer’s observe: Nonetheless photographs and video footage have been captured utilizing a pre-production mannequin of the Canon EOS R6. Not closing.

Gear used: Canon EOS R6, Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM, Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8 L IS, Canon RF 24-70mm f/2.8 L IS, Canon RF 24-105, and RodeLink.

Concerning the creator: Since 2002, Vanessa Pleasure has been photographing {couples} and educating execs worldwide. She focuses her enterprise within the NJ and NYC space, and alongside her partnerships as a Canon Explorer of Gentle, Profoto Legend of Gentle and Adorama Syndicate she helps execs take their companies to the subsequent degree. Yow will discover extra of her work on her web site, YouTube, Instagram, TikTok, Fb, and Twitter.

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