Photos: Carbondale, Illinois – People Watching the Total Solar Eclipse

A series of portraits of people watching the total solar eclipse at SIU in Carbondale, Illinois.

A group of farmers watching the total solar eclipse at SIU in Carbondale, Illinois by Matthew T Rader
A group of farmers watching the total solar eclipse at SIU in Carbondale, Illinois by Matthew T Rader

This small series of portraits are of people watching the eclipse as it was actually happening in Carbondale, Illinois. During the eclipse, I walked around the Southern Illinois University campus and met a lot of interesting people. I asked several of them to look up at the impending total eclipse for me to create a photograph. I made the photos with my Hasselblad 500 c/m and Kodak Porta 400 120 medium format film.

One of the things I loved about the solar eclipse was how people of various races, genders, religions, income, and political beliefs were all able in be together in awe for a single moment when the total eclipse happened. For those short 2 and half minutes, we were all just humans enjoying an amazing spectacle of nature.

Total solar eclipse at SIU in Carbondale, Illinois by Matthew T Rader
Total solar eclipse at SIU in Carbondale, Illinois by Matthew T Rader
Total solar eclipse at SIU in Carbondale, Illinois by Matthew T Rader
Total solar eclipse at SIU in Carbondale, Illinois by Matthew T Rader
Total solar eclipse at SIU in Carbondale, Illinois by Matthew T Rader
Total solar eclipse at SIU in Carbondale, Illinois by Matthew T Rader
Total solar eclipse at SIU in Carbondale, Illinois by Matthew T Rader
Total solar eclipse at SIU in Carbondale, Illinois by Matthew T Rader
Total solar eclipse at SIU in Carbondale, Illinois by Matthew T Rader
Total solar eclipse at SIU in Carbondale, Illinois by Matthew T Rader
Total solar eclipse at SIU in Carbondale, Illinois by Matthew T Rader
Total solar eclipse at SIU in Carbondale, Illinois by Matthew T Rader
Total solar eclipse at SIU in Carbondale, Illinois by Matthew T Rader
Total solar eclipse at SIU in Carbondale, Illinois by Matthew T Rader
Total solar eclipse at SIU in Carbondale, Illinois by Matthew T Rader
Total solar eclipse at SIU in Carbondale, Illinois by Matthew T Rader

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