Orchard in Winter — Josh Getman

Empty Spaces: Photography in the Age of Quarantine

The pandemic offered a rare opportunity to revisit open spaces

Josh Getman
Feb 10 · 3 min read

Inspired by Mark Seliger’s pandemic photo essay “Silence in the Streets: Dispatches From New York City Under Lockdown,” I’ve found myself focusing on images that emphasize how small we are in all of the empty spaces where people used to be. These are photos taken in and of those spaces.

With too much time on my hands and no more birds to photograph in the back yard, I started taking long drives looking for photos in places I had never been before. No plan, no destination, just wandering.

Boylston Street Shadows — Josh Getman

A farm in central Massachusetts after the first snowstorm of the season made a great canvas (top). Empty cities and long shadows created minimalist opportunities in Boston (above).

One Black Horse — Josh Getman

Another image from the farm.

Tree in Fog — Josh Getman

I tried to capture a low-hanging fog on an unseasonably warm morning in winter.

Seven Brothers — Josh Getman

Throughout Boston, industry rumbled on while people remain largely invisible.

Wachusett Dam Stairs — Josh Getman

A long climb from the walking trails at the bottom of the dam.

Two Brides — Josh Getman

In the right light, even girders and wires can inspire.

Standing Before the Capitol — Josh Getman
Supreme Court Steps — Josh Getman

I drove to Washington, DC, to be there on election night. Little did I know that, just a few short weeks later, the city would be in chaos. But on the day after the election, Washington was eerily quiet.

SNAPSHOTS

An art and photography publication focused on visual…

Josh Getman

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An amateur photographer, traveler, and writer. See my gallery here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/181771054@N02/

SNAPSHOTS

SNAPSHOTS

An art and photography publication focused on visual narrative in storytelling.

Josh Getman

Written by

An amateur photographer, traveler, and writer. See my gallery here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/181771054@N02/

SNAPSHOTS

SNAPSHOTS

An art and photography publication focused on visual narrative in storytelling.

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