Las Vegas: ABANDONED BY COVID

This is the first Curious Humanography post that lacks humans. Check out Las Vegas abandoned in the time of Covid-19.

Las Vegas - Empty Streets

Over the years, I’ve shot several times in Las Vegas and it’s always been great fun. Love it or hate it, Vegas is a place of visual extremes and crowds.

Because Vegas is always buzzing, I felt it would make a great subject in the wake of Covid-19  to see it with no people and document the quiet. So, on a warm April evening, I took a trip to capture the eerie silence of a ‘city that never sleeps…’ until now.

Las Vegas Ghost Town

LAS VEGAS GHOST TOWN

Walking around abandoned Vegas felt like discovering the pyramids for the first time. With no people, your brain wonders why people built this city and where they disappeared to. 

Las Vegas - Closed Escalator

Empty Las Vegas

Las Vegas Police - Covid-19

Along the strip, police park their cars with lights flashing. In effect, making their presence known. 

Las Vegas - Fremont St. - Covid-19

COVID-19 KILLS FREMONT STREET

Fremont Street, the older section of Vegas, is completely shutdown. In fact, it feels like an old relic, as if they’ve closed permanently. 

Las Vegas - Covid - Walgreens

The only thing open along the strip were Walgreens stores.  Every casino and store were closed.

Las Vegas - Fremont St. - Covid

Las Vegas - Kill the Virus

Las Vegas - Covid-19

A kitschy hot dog trailer sits empty, across from Fremont St.

Four Queens - Covid

Las Vegas - Escalator - Covid

Golden Nugget - Las Vegas - Covid

One friendly person who was just as curious as I was near Fremont Street.

Las Vegas - Homeless - Covid-19

An occasional homeless person wanders across the street near Fremont.

Treasure Island - Las Vegas - Covid

Bellagio - Las Vegas - Covid

The famous Bellagio fountains sit idle.

Las Vegas: ABANDONED BY COVID

Las Vegas: ABANDONED BY COVID

As you walk around, it is silent — opposite of the usual frenzy that is synonymous with Las Vegas. It’s as if a neutron bomb has gone off  removing all the people, but leaving the pristine buildings. It’s a bit staggering thinking about all the people who are without work; the thousands of men and women who bring Vegas to life.

Here’s to hoping this crisis ends soon, so Las Vegas can be back to being… well, Vegas. 

Las Vegas: ABANDONED BY COVID

Gear

  • Fuji GFX 100
  • 23 mm F4

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