BINTANA PHOTOGRAPHY: WHEN YOU HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD BUT CAN’T GO OUT

Home quarantine an ordeal for you? For street photographers, it’s twice the agony.

I was aching to see the empty streets of Manila yesterday, and got the opportunity (and legitimate reason) to drive around so. The feel was incredibly eerie. The barren city seemed like a lay of the land unknown to us.

Driving was of different orientation. Oddly out of coordination.

How fast should I go?

Where are the humans?

Although the space is what every motorist would wish for, there was this pinch of gloominess. I would rather be back in traffic with you people. No man is an island.

We are — by nature — traffic jam animals.

Back in Zobel-Roxas Street, I spent most of each quarantine day staring at the skylines of Ayala. Like an Alcatraz jailbird longing for San Francisco.

When will this detention end?

Zobel-Roxas is criss-crossed by the borders of Malate, San Andres Bukid, and Makati. I wonder which district would have the jurisdiction to apprehend me should I photowalk her pavement right now, in this lockdown period.

I decided to photograph life from the window instead.

Today I see someone’s Lolo clambered the house roof for a sweep. Could be Duterte’s ikot-ikot muna sa bahay nyo baka merong lugar na hindi nyo pa napuntahan gets people into action.

10 thoughts on “BINTANA PHOTOGRAPHY: WHEN YOU HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD BUT CAN’T GO OUT

  1. We have sort of a partial lockdown too here in Malaysia. Businesses except essentials are closed and no one is allowed to go out unnecessarily (although there are many people flaunting this rule). The military be called in soon. Stay safe over there too!

  2. Surviving the 5th day of the so-called Enhanced Community Quarantine. Not so sure about what to do next week.

    Most probably still staying at home and will be doing a lot of SWTOR posts.

  3. No doubt life will change for many urban dwellers, but if they have some creativity and initiative, they will cope fairly well (unless they’ve lost their jobs or income).

    Perhaps urban dwellers in the western world will learn to cook and family time will be quality time as they gradually become more used to seeing each other all day and evening?

    Perhaps there will be environmental improvements as people won’t be able to afford junk food and plastic pollution in our rivers and waterways will decrease. No (or minimal) traffic on the roads will lessen pollution in the air and the air will improve in quality.

    Asthmatics will be able to breathe more easily too.

    I’m trying to think of all the positive that might arise, not the negatives that will initially be felt by everyone.

    1. Was thinking the same thing. COVID19 has taken over the news today so we are relieved of lots of awful news, horrible crimes, horrible CCTV footages, ugly politics. Here, air quality has been rated Good. Crime rate went down by 80%. Everyone was given time for their families. Precious quality time. Time off from the slaving job. Time to contemplate. Time to ponder about life — the one thing thats slipping our minds.

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