Photos: The Great Emptiness of Grounds
If it can be said that students are the lifeblood of the University of Virginia, then the grand spaces on Grounds that they move through daily are the ventricles, the large chambers in the heart that collect and push out blood as it moves through the body.
Each successive week that I have put together a photo essay documenting this strange time, the Grounds has gotten quieter. This week, I decided to focus on the vast emptiness of these spaces.
With the exception of those working hard at UVA Health, most students, faculty and staff are at home, doing their best to keep themselves and others safe and wait out this COVID-19 pandemic. The spaces they normally fill – from the iconic Rotunda to vast lecture halls and sports stadiums – stand empty, awaiting their return.
I doubt, in its 200-year history, the University has ever been quieter.
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March 27, 2023