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Camera Club COVID-19 photos: LA devoid of people

Camera Club

Los Angeles Standard Camera Club members took photos around Los Angeles as people followed stay-at-home orders.


March would have marked the two year anniversary of the Los Angeles Standard Newspaper Camera Club, however, the club has not been able to meet because of the COVID-19 social distancing policies. While club members were unable to meet, that did not stop them from taking photos around town and completing the assignments from the February meeting, which were silhouette photography and rain photography. Club members shared their photos on the camera club’s Facebook page.

While there were specific assignments, club members did not pass up on the opportunity to capture unique images of Los Angeles while it was devoid of people. Because most people were sheltering in place, high-traffic areas were eerily empty. There were empty freeways during rush hour, empty streets, empty beaches, and empty shopping mall parking lots. The use of black and white in these photos added to the eerie feeling.


The 101 Freeway is typically packed during morning rush hour, but over the last month, there hasn’t been much traffic of L.A. freeways. Photo by Leroy Hamilton


Downtown has been more like a ghost town. Photo by Darnell Wade


The traffic at LAX is typically heavy throughout the day, but with the travel industry coming to a near halt, the horseshoe at the airport is empty. Photo by Gail Oliver


Shopping mall parking lots are typically packed, but the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza has been closed. Photo by Karim Saafir
Thursday morning traffic heading into downtown. Photo by Jason Lewis

There’s no foot traffic and all of the stores are closed along Venice Beach Boardwalk. Photo by Gail Oliver.