Portraits of Life Under Lockdown

Wondering what the city looks like while everyone's staying home and healthy? We sent our photographers to the streets
| Updated: April 1, 2020
 
 
  • Pike Place Market: A patron walks past vendor arranging produce. Image credit: Hayley Young
  • Downtown: A Woman rides the escalator at Westlake Center. Image credit: Hayley Young
  • Downtown: A man waits on Westlake station platform. Image credit: Hayley Young
  • Downtown: A worker cleans Westlake station. Image credit: Hayley Young
  • Pike Place Market: Il Bistro tables are set, but the chairs sit empty. Image credit: Hayley Young
  • Capitol Hill: Restaurateur Linda Derschang paces the floor of her Oddfellows Cafe + Bar. Image credit: Hayley Young
  • Capitol Hill: Old School Frozen Custard announces it’s doing take-out only. Image credit: Hayley Young
  • Capitol Hill: Stacked chairs discourage patrons from sitting at Porchlight Coffee & Records. Image credit: Hayley Young
  • Downtown: Chris Horn, Heavy Restaurant Group’s director of liquids, sits inside Purple Cafe & Wine Bar during what would normally be lunch rush. Image credit: Hayley Young
  • Capitol Hill: A man walks past a Bernie Sanders poster in Cal Anderson Park. Image credit: Hayley Young
  • Capitol Hill vintage shop displays customized face masks. Image credit: Hayley Young
  • Capitol Hill: Seattle Central Community College’s electronic sign. Image credit: Hayley Young
  • Seattle Waterfront: A woman poses for a photo in front of the Great Wheel. Image credit: Hayley Young
  • Seattle Center: A seagull flies across the lawn near Seattle Center’s International Fountain. Image credit: Hayley Young
  • University of Washington: Cherry blossom season goes largely unnoticed this year at the University of Washington. Image credit: Alex Crook

On March 16, which feels like an actual lifetime ago, staff photographers Hayley Young and Alex Crook set out to capture Seattle standing still. We were just at the beginning of the advisory to stay home in order to #flattenthecurve and slow the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. What does the city look like without traffic, without pedestrians, without shoppers or diners or workers? Surreal, and a little eerie.

Have your own photo to share from isolation? Tag us on Instagram @seattlemag and use the hashtag #SurrealSeattle. If you'd like to hold onto these gorgeous images as a little time capsule of this truly bizarro period of history, make sure to pick up a copy of our May issue. 

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