The pandemic and the ensuing lockdown have changed the world and the way we live forever. Once unimaginable, deserted streets, closed offices, educational institutions and markets became the hallmark of the lockdowns imposed around the world to fight the deadly virus that was dragging lakhs of life. From lonely moments to playful ones, from empty roads to desolate shopping malls and movie theaters, people all over the world have used the camera to capture life in times of corona. Ahead of World Photography Day, here’s a look at some of the snaps.
Nothing shocked us more than desolate streets during the lockdowns. From highways to back alleys in places, there wasn’t a human to be seen roaming around.
The footage showing migrant workers struggling to reach their homes were some of the most emotional and impactful moments of the lockdowns.
Lockdowns were largely relaxed in all states during the holiday season, but disinfection and masks remained the rule of the day.
The most heartbreaking photos came when mass cremations took place in Delhi. The daily covid death count continued to mount and cremation grounds turned into a hellish sight.
The rows of tractors along the Delhi border were a shocking sight during the farmers’ protests. As farmers from Punjab and other states flooded the borders, photographers also became busy documenting the movement.
Police in several states took various steps to convince people to follow covid protocols. Some agents spread awareness through social media, others wore unique props to represent the coronavirus. Here’s one where a Hyderabad police officer wore a representative helmet.
Once the lockdowns were lifted, people rushed into the streets and markets. The rush can be seen in photos of several public places.
The vaccination campaign against COVID-19 also became a major topic of interest to photographers. The mass vaccination camps showed people waiting to get the shot.
World Photography Day is celebrated annually on August 19 to celebrate the art of photography.