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If the virus can do that - we might be able to do it

By bliba  
Bergamo end of December 2019:, many people on Bergamo's streets, good mood, no idea that the virus was already there and what everything comes to us ......

Bergamo/Italy March 13 2020 Everyone at home, but all together. That's the motto in Italy for defying the coronavirus. From the balcony there is now a daily demonstration and music against the "virus blues".

Italy defies curfew with balcony concerts

I wish you all the best

"Through Corona we will adapt our entire attitude towards life - in the sense of our existence as living beings in the midst of other life forms."

Slavo Zizek at the height of the corona crisis in mid-March

Every deep crisis leaves behind a story, a narrative that points far into the future. One of the strongest visions left behind by the coronavirus are the Italians playing music on the balconies. The second vision is sent to us by satellite images that suddenly show the industrial areas of China and Italy free of smog. In 2020, humanity's CO&sub2; emissions will fall for the first time. This fact will do something to us.

If the virus can do that - can we possibly do that? Maybe the virus was just a messenger from the future. Its drastic message is that human civilization has become too dense, too fast, too overheated. It's racing too fast in a direction where there is no future.

But it can reinvent itself.
System reset.
Cool down!
Music on the balconies!
This is how the future works.


Tags: Photo journalism Monochrome Italy Bergamo Bnw photography

Voters: mrswoolybill, dimalexa, Saastad and 48 more

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mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2455 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2020 6:00PM
This is creating social and economic changes that we can scarcely appreciate as yet. Not all are bad. We have received three offers of help, one from a complete stranger a couple of streets away; people are rallying round to help the elderly and the lonely in a quite extraordinary way.
But when it is all over I wonder how quickly we will be able to pick up the normality of social contact again?
Excellent street photography. One face shining through the silent anonymity.
dimalexa 4 5 Greece
20 Mar 2020 6:03PM
Bergamo reminds (in a different scale) Hirosima... Why so many innocent people?
Saastad 2 16 15 Norway
20 Mar 2020 6:11PM
A beautiful photo Oliver.
Sad to see news from Italy, Spain and other counties these days.
So many death people.

20 Mar 2020 6:12PM
Awesome photography Oliver. Stay safe!
taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
20 Mar 2020 6:15PM
I have heard the concerts----and the morning bells---- from Italy and then, starting to come from distant places all around the globe!

A different world already--perhaps moving towards better---

Fabulous image and text!
20 Mar 2020 6:39PM
this wonderful world never runs out of things that can go wrong..
saltireblue Plus
11 12.2k 76 Norway
20 Mar 2020 7:00PM
Let us hope that when these times are but a memory, that the lessons learned are not forgotten...
20 Mar 2020 7:12PM
We shall overcome this virus , there will be a new start and maybe nations will change their attitude towards environment.
Excellent introduction , stay safe.

20 Mar 2020 7:30PM
We have to keep our spirits up .... singing on the balconies ...reconnecting with our families with walks the in fresh air...shine on Italy!
The dark days will pass as everything must and does .
Best regards
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 784 England
20 Mar 2020 7:56PM
It's a great benefit all round that emissions, pollution and unnecessary journeys are all reduced.
pablophotographer 10 1.9k 411
20 Mar 2020 8:21PM
The sun still shines...
20 Mar 2020 8:46PM
Things will never be the same again. There could be very positive changes born of this, eventually, but some hard times to get through first.

Best wishes, Ollie.
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1877 England
20 Mar 2020 9:07PM
And, at the bottom of Pandora's Box, the jewel of Hope.

Thank you, Ollie.
woolybill1 Plus
14 38 78 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2020 9:15PM
Your photos are a constant reminder of your humanity, Ollie.
20 Mar 2020 11:13PM
Fine photography, as always, Oliver.
All the best to you.

mac Plus
19 13 Scotland
20 Mar 2020 11:53PM
It is sobering to wonder how many people in your image are still with us? Your image having been taken straight into the sun, some pedestrians are already fading away. Good strong image and notes.
Stay safe, Oliver.
franken Plus
19 5.3k 4 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2020 9:25AM
Excellent work, Oliver.
Joline Plus
15 37 59 United States
21 Mar 2020 3:13PM
I like to think at the end of this tunnel of darkness is a brighter future. We will learn what is really important to our lives.Stay well, Joline
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2020 6:25AM
Powerful image, love the light beams and a great message Ollie...
TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
22 Mar 2020 3:30PM
A fine image, Ollie 👍 Let's hope it all soon blows over - and hopefully get back to some, if not all, normality 😬
Take care and keep well,
Trev 😀
24 Mar 2020 12:54PM
Wise and wonderful words, Oliver.
And a superb image too.


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