Picture of the Week

26 April 2020

Week 17: sixth week of confinement

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Another week in confinement. This week I did not venture beyond my immediate neighbourhood, so all the images are either from my house or within 1/2 km of the house. But there is one difference from previous weeks. To honour the great Canadian photographer Ted Grant, who was a friend and mentor for many of the people on the Leica Users Group and who died on Sunday the 19th, I decided that all the images for this week would be made with my Leica and only Leica lenses.

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I start with a view of the sea from my street, while walking to the bakery in the morning:
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Lucky dog and lucky human–they are allowed to go for a walk:
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The beach road as one would never see it on a normal late April day:
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Looking up I:
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Looking up II:
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Morning light; closed bar:
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Morning light in my bathroom:
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Morning light in my hallway:
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Thursday the 21st was the 19th anniversary of my mother’s death. Normally I would have been in Copenhagen on this day to visit her grave, but the damn virus put paid to those plans. So all I could do was to light a candle in my living room in her memory:
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During the past couple of weeks people have started hanging flags to honour the 20,000+ people who have been killed by the coronavirus in Spain:
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Thursday was also a major local holiday, Santa Faz. Normally there is a procession attended by at least 100,000 people (see last year’s version here) but this year it was cancelled as so many other events:
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A defiant flag, signalling that we will defeat the virus:
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It’s not just flags. Some people put up banners with other messages, like here, supporting the public health system, which here in Spain is very good and far superior to those in richer countries (like the US):
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No week in confinement is complete without photos of cute dogs and cats:
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The pigeons hang around the places where people feed the cats, to steal the food. But they are also quite shy and make a quick exit if a cat or a photographer approaches:
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An employee of the municipality disinfecting the garbage and recycling containers:
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Queue outside the Moñionos fishmongers:
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One morning, I ran into a co-worker who lives just a few hundred meters up the street from me:
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My wife is coping with the house arrest much better than I. She is happy staying at home, playing bridge online, and gardening:
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A pretty flower in our garden:
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Wildflowers in an empty lot around the corner:
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Today it was announced that, assuming the recent declines in the number of cases and deaths hold up, we adults will be allowed outside as from May 2nd to go for walks and exercise. Halleluja!

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