Dallas street photography that documents the isolation of downtown during the pandemic and the remnants of the Black Lives Matter protests.
Downtown Dallas is usually a bustling busy city, full of people walking around everywhere. Since the pandemic started, it has been pretty dead with few people walking about. In some ways, it feels eerie walking through a massive city that feels largely empty of life. At least compared to how it was before the pandemic.
I really enjoy Dallas street photography and have doing it for years. This time there was a bit of sadness as I walked around downtown looking for life on the streets. There were some people at the bus stops and walking around here and there. It was sadly mostly the people that don’t have the luxury of working from home like the thousands of office workers that used to commute to downtown every weekday morning.
This is graffiti that was left from the Black Lives Matter protests that happened last year. It looks like someone tried unsuccessfully covering it up with duct tape.
Around downtown Dallas, you will see boarded-up businesses. Businesses that were once thriving but after the pandemic rarely had customers that all those office jobs brought to the city. When I do Dallas street photography, I like to not only capture interesting sights but also what life was like at the time.
This massive and beautiful ad for Netflix’s Selena The Series show dominates this area of downtown. It’s huge and colorful but interestingly there seems to be relatively few people who will walk or drive by it.
Here’s a panorama I took of downtown from the top of a parking garage. Not quite street photography, but I did take at the end of my street photography walk around downtown Dallas.