A boarded up STT Sports Lettering Co. in Seattle’s Industrial District. Governor Jay Inslee’s March 23rd, “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” proclamation ordered all “non-essential” businesses to close effective on March 25th, 2020.
A taped off playground in Seattle’s upper Queen Anne neighborhood. On March 12, 2020, Seattle Parks & Recreation closed all recreation facilities until at least April 13th amid mounting COVID-19 cases and concerns.
One of many bar-restaurants that has been shut down and boarded up in Seattle’s Pioneer Square district. “Fear Causes Racism” posters have been placed on the walls of these businesses throughout the area.
An empty bench and playground in Pioneer Square usually teeming with residents throughout the day is now seemingly deserted; a boarded-up restaurant stands in the background.
A boarded up Rudy’s Barbershop completely closed off in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. Posters reading “Suspend rent” and “Food soon” are on clear display. Businesses continue to suffer as Seattle’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order remains in full effect.
Jordan Somers is currently in his second year of Visual Media at Seattle Central College. He specializes in photojournalism and documentary work, with a particular emphasis on social movements happening throughout the city. His 2020 documentary, Hope is Not Cancelled, was an official selection at the Local Sightings Film Festival, and won an award for best editing at the Oregon Documentary Film Festival. Jordan is an avid traveler when granted the opportunity, and has a keen interest in psychology and existential philosophy.