Mar. 18, 2023
In the first weeks and months of the COVID-19 pandemic, most of the world was plunged into a bizarre state of emptiness.
Traffic stopped on the road and in the sky. Vibrant city streets went silent overnight. Winding lines of people replaced cars in parking lots, spaced apart like dashes on cobbled maps.
CBC News staff photographer Ben Nelms was in the field from the beginning, documenting a new reality of pandemic-era restrictions in scenes around Metro Vancouver.
Three years later, Nelms went out to reshoot the same places — recreating those images in the first spring without those restrictions.