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Everyday life in the national restricted area.

By bliba  
this is not what it looks like in Milan now... people empty streets

It's like living in limbo. The streets are empty, schools are closed, and shops are only accessible in small groups. My husband and I spend time at home reading, watching TV or playing cards. Walks are possible, but one should avoid crowded places. We live in a small town in the region of Piedmont and we are lucky that there is a lot of nature nearby, so at least you can walk your dog for a short time. My son lives in Milan and we do not know when we will see him again. My mother lives five minutes away from us. She is 87 years old and therefore belongs to the risk group. We don't visit her anymore, sometimes we phone her, sometimes we walk by and she waves at us from the window. I don't know how we can live like this for another three weeks. But we must persevere and hope that the measures will work. And that normality will return.
The border with Italy is tight.
I wish all Italians and Italian women all the best
In Austria , we're also taking initial measures... ...because the virus knows no borders.

Tags: Photo journalism Freedom Monochrome Italy Bnw photography

Voters: Saastad, MadVillPics, mrswoolybill and 70 more

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Saastad Plus
2 16 15 Norway
10 Mar 2020 4:51PM
Great work Oliver!

mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2408 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2020 4:58PM
Taken in December but it has a prophetically eerie feel. Anonymous, isolated faces...
10 Mar 2020 5:18PM
10 Mar 2020 5:41PM
A moving description, a good photograph.
Stay safe.
mac Plus
19 12 Scotland
10 Mar 2020 5:50PM
Quite a sad picture of anonymous people with no faces, but how they are now? You view on TV the Milan and Italian problems with the virus, but it does not have the same impact as your notes do. They are very poignant and brings it home more than any TV program can. Hopefully it can only get better.
woolybill1 Plus
14 37 78 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2020 5:56PM
A double Wooly for this photograph, coupled with our very best wishes for safety and good health.

10 Mar 2020 6:00PM
A great image and description.
10 Mar 2020 6:06PM
Nice one...
saltireblue Plus
11 11.8k 75 Norway
10 Mar 2020 7:05PM
My thoughts are with you, Ollie. We are lucky, living in rural Norway, we feel on the outskirts of what is happening, but I am not naive enough to believe that we are not at risk.

Stay safe.
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
10 Mar 2020 9:24PM
Think of you--and everyone else!
AlfieK Plus
4 1 1 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2020 9:58PM
Excellent composition and emotive description. My award and best wishes to you all through this time.
Vambomarbleye 3 153 14 Scotland
10 Mar 2020 10:27PM
But still the sun shines, the light of hope.
clicknimagine Plus
11 812 104 India
11 Mar 2020 5:53AM
Wherever you live you are not safe so we are here in India, a very emotive write up, superbly used the light, composed and processed in your signature style...Well Done...
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2020 6:15AM
Lovely street image, Looks very good in mono...
Isabel GrinGrin
11 Mar 2020 9:05AM
Techno 12 6.1k 8 England
11 Mar 2020 9:31AM
Heart breaking narrative, our thoughts are with you......
11 Mar 2020 10:41AM
I do like this style of photography, Oliver and you do it so well.

franken Plus
18 5.2k 4 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2020 11:47AM
Excellent, Oliver!
TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 19 England
11 Mar 2020 11:48AM
A fine street scene, captured in your unique style, Ollie 👍 Sad to see images of places that are usually so crowed now void of people, let's hope it all soon passes and we can all get back to normal 😟
Take care,
Trev 😀
clevercloggs Plus
16 251 15 Netherlands
11 Mar 2020 3:07PM
apparently, the place i live in is right next to a hotspot in Holland. it is a matter of time and we will be in lockdown too.
I am telling myself, that once the sun breaks through the spread will become less. Spring needs to come soon....

Ollie, good photo...GrinGrinGrin

11 Mar 2020 3:13PM
My thoughts are with you - hopefully all will be well soon
rontear Plus
18 23 9 England
11 Mar 2020 4:21PM
A catastrophe for Italy !! we wish you all a recovery and normality. It's starting to bite here too SadSadSadSadSadSadSadSad Keep safe Ollie
SlowSong Plus
12 9.6k 30 England
11 Mar 2020 5:06PM
Everyone walking away from you, into the light. Hopefully the darkness will be lifted soon.
Superb shot.
capto Plus
9 6.6k 25 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2020 5:52PM
I fear we may all take our turn.... stay calm and soldier on.Smile
12 Mar 2020 4:40AM
I hope you and your family are spared of the virus Oliver ... the photo is very
Poignant and somewhat eerie as well .
Best regards and stay well
12 Mar 2020 10:37PM
Moving image, December seems so far away now that we are living in a restricted area our restricted life .
Grazie Ollie e in bocca al lupo anche a voi.

16 Mar 2020 10:21AM

Quote:Lovely street image, Looks very good in mono...
Isabel GrinGrin

I agree with Isabel! SmileSmileSmile

AnnChown 11 207 1 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2020 4:40PM
Stay safe - lovely atmospheric image for our times.
Saastad Plus
2 16 15 Norway
30 Mar 2020 9:51PM
Just a late award for you Oliver!

Arne Smile

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