Bruke Alemayew

Observing the City

Class of: 2023

Major: Architectural Design BFA

Medium: Analog and Digital Photography

Faculty: Jill Enfield

Prompt: The assignment was our final photo project. The project was open to any subject or topic.

Amid 2020’s global pandemic, I set a goal to document the environmental and social effects of the Coronavirus outbreak. The photo essay contains a wide variety of viewpoints, highlighting the overall large scale social distancing, closure of businesses, masked pedestrians, and the vast emptiness of popular sites. On the other hand, I aim to highlight the environmental effects of discarded masks and gloves found in the neighborhood and public streets and sidewalks. My intention was not only to capture the situation but also bring to light a systemic viewpoint on the rapid production of sanitary protective gear and its lifespan.