Coronavirus has recently spread over 28 territories across the globe, concentrating mainly in China. The statistics also doesn’t paint a good picture – out of 1018 supposed deaths caused by the virus 1016 happened in China. As sad and scary as it may sound, it’s hard to imagine what the people of China are going through, especially on the affected territories. Nicoco, a photographer and a visual storyteller, has documented what it’s like to be in the middle of the outbreak in Shanghai, one of the liveliest and busiest cities in the world. It has turned into a shadow of its former self, a ghost city filled with emptiness and fear…
One Person City is a series of photos that captures the atmosphere of isolation and the horror that took over the metropolis with more than 24 million people. Each photograph gives us a better understanding of what it feels like to be in the middle of that fear, depicting empty streets and roads that seem totally abandoned.
Nicoco had no idea how bad coronavirus was and found out about it with the rest of the world when the news of Wuhan’s quarantine became international. Just a few days later he went out to explore the big city, not knowing what awaits him. Where thousands of people used to fill the roads and streets before the outbreak, he saw only few janitors roaming around.
It was the time of the Chinese New Year celebration and the photographer was worried he’ll be swept away by the crowd. This is what happened back in 2014, but the reality was much, much more disturbing. Instead of festivities he found emptiness and the dreary feeling of isolation. People weren’t avoiding crowded places – they didn’t leave their homes at all!