The coronavirus pandemic has led to massive shutdowns across the world, with the everyday lives of many people coming to a complete stop. Paris is one such city, with its historic and vibrant streets now standing quiet and devoid of much of the life that normally fills them. This video explores the city and shows just how remarkably different it is due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
The New Yorker recently shared the short film that shows many of the historic city’s landmarks that are normally packed with tourists and everyday life standing in eerie silence. France has been hit very hard by the pandemic, with over 17,000 deaths as of April 15, with only Spain, Italy, and the United States recording more deaths. Perhaps the most striking shot for me was the Arc de Triomphe. I spent a week in Paris in 2013, and one of my best memories is standing in the narrow median of the Avenue des Champs-Élysées and taking a long exposure of the Arc de Triomphe while walls of traffic and tourists whizzed by and the sidewalks buzzed with life. Seeing that place so utterly empty is quite surreal and certainly something I never thought I would see. Check out the video above for more.