iannis Delatolas

Exteriors and Interiors of a Pandemic
Location: The Bronx, NY
Nationality: Greek
Biography: Iannis Delatolas  Delatolas is a New York-based photographer.  The main focus of his photographic work is landscape photography, including a long exploration of low light photography. He has had solo exhibitions in New York City at... MORE
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Exteriors and Interiors of a Pandemic
Copyright iannis Delatolas 2023
Updated Sep 2021
Topics Abandonment, Activism, Architecture, Black and White, Capitalism, Covid-19, Documentary, Epidemics, Essays, Fine Art, Isolation, Landscape, Pandemics, Photography, Photojournalism, Spotlight
This was started in late February 2020 as a series of photographs of the Covid-19 pandemic's effects on New York City. It was truly shocking to ride my bike from my apartment in the Bronx to Times Square and then on to Brooklyn. The streets of New York were never this empty before. After all, this was the city that never slept. And here in broad daylight, I was walking and riding my bike into a surreal landscape and into a surreal landscape and strange and desolate city.

Given the psychological impact of the lockdowns and the resulting social isolation, it was inevitable that over the course of these two years of the Pandemic, this series of images would become a reflection of not just the outside world but also a record of my interior thoughts and feelings. I welcomed this because it was a way of coping but also an opportunity to channel the anxiety outward.

Taking photographs served a two-fold purpose. Record the outside and project onto the landscape my own personal thoughts and feelings.

Coming soon after and on the heels of the health crisis and of the unspeakable death and loss during the pandemic, the uprising against racism erupted.  As many as 26 million people in the US demonstrated against the murder of George Floyd during the height of the pandemic.
In this series of images, the pandemic and the anti-racist rebellion merged into one. And for good reason, as I think we will look back at this time through this lens. As a time of profound crisis and of powerful resistance. 
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