A picture may be worth a thousand words, but when you can’t actually capture an image of the one thing everyone is talking about- creativity must prevail.
Ben Nelms is a photojournalist with CBC and has taken shots for top news stories across the country. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, it has been the focus of every news platform across the globe. The virus, only visible through a high-powered microscope is a hard shot for photojournalists to get, so they have to find other ways to make it visual.
Initially, common images photographed during this time were of those who were affected directly- whether that be frontline workers (nurses, first responders, etc.) or patients who contracted the deadly virus.
Since then, what is being photographed more is the effect the pandemic is having on communities across the world. Streets and outdoor spaces that were once highly populated now sit quiet and empty, and to many people’s surprise- pollution is clearing out of the water and sky.