The streets were largely empty, but Dvir took precautions anyway, wearing a mask, frequently changing gloves, and staying six feet away from people. He avoided the subway, either walking or hailing a ride. Among the few pedestrians he encountered, Dvir noticed something strange. Rather than stay in their own bubble, as New Yorkers are programmed to do—Dvir devoted an entire series to the phenomenon —suddenly passersby were deliberately making eye contact with him. “People seemed to be longing for some human connection,” he says. “They were kind of giving each other smiles, like everyone was in this together.”
One of Dvir’s favorite photographs from the series was taken outside Grand Central Terminal, where a lonely hot dog cart stood vigil despite the ongoing disaster. “That’s New York for me,” he says. “Even in a pandemic, the hot dog stand is there. The hot dog stands.”WIRED is providing free access to stories about public health and how to protect yourself during the coronavirus pandemic . Sign up for our Coronavirus Update newsletter for the latest updates, and subscribe to support our journalism .
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