Inside The Toronto Eaton Centre: Final Days Before COVID-19 Lockdown. (12 photos)
It was Friday March 20th, just over a month ago, and seeing the Eaton Centre in the heart of Toronto at 2pm a virtual ghost town was certainly something I ever thought I’d see. There we were, a couple of photographers out of a handful of people, mostly security and cleaning staff, in what should otherwise be a very busy mall.
That day I had met up with my friend and fellow photographer Lucas Chan, who prior to the COVID 19 outbreak had travelled to Hong Kong to document the protests there, we socially distanced like responsible adults and took a stroll through the core to see what the city was like and capture this moment in time. Here are some of my photos from inside Eaton Centre.
For the past 40 or so days since the province has been in a state of emergency I’ve been reluctant to head out and take photos even though I’ve been capturing Toronto’s streets year round for the past few years, mainly because to be honest the few times that I have been out some areas have been surprisingly busy at times, not what I would have expected during a time like this. I have however had to run errands (such as donating blood, which if you’re eligible, you should do) and so I’ve taken my camera with me and when possible walked to and from my destination.
On a side note, I’m thankful I bought myself a little Sony RX100 VII compact camera from my friends at Downtown Camera for my birthday just before the COVID-19 pandemic happened because it’s been the perfect little pocket camera for when I need something more than my phone but not as big as my DSLR. All of the images in this post were shot with it, edited in Adobe Lightroom, and I’ve been quite happy with the results so far.
I’ve got a bunch more photos I’ll eventually post up, I’ll admit it’s been tough sometimes to build up the motivation to get things done when everything is so up in the air, but I’m doing my best.
Wishing you and yours all the best through these crazy times we’re living in. Until next time, stay safe, be well, stay healthy.