05 Jan Escaping Covid lockdown in the Utah Desert with the X100V
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On Thursday March 12th I got the call from my local camera shop: my new, black, Fujifilm X100V — which I had pre-ordered months ago — was finally here. The night before, the Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert had tested positive for Coronavirus causing the NBA to shut down, and the whole country to start taking the pandemic seriously.
While I excitedly took my lunch break to drive over and pick it up, the Governor was announcing the State’s response to the crisis. By the time I got back to the office, I was called in to a company meeting and then sent to work from home. The lockdown was beginning.
Salt Lake City is a difficult city for street photography in more normal times; it doesn’t have the bustling sidewalks of San Francisco’s Chinatown, the dynamic lighting of New York’s steel canyons, or the nightlife of Tokyo’s Shibuya. Often when I spot a subject, we’re the only ones out on the street. The inconspicuous nature of the X100 series makes it a perfect tool for street photography in a city that’s not all that busy.
But in the era of Covid-19, street photography became, and still is, nearly impossible. So, I sat inside for months with my brand-new camera. Sure, I took photos of my fiancée and our dog. I ventured out a few times and snapped photos while on my daily walks. But after a few months I still
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