It’s 8 p.m. on a Saturday in Downtown New York as photographer Beatriz Ramos ventures the empty streets of our beloved New York City. Right before curfew could take away her inspiration, she was able to capture the sounds of silence.
“Visually it was not as shocking to me because I also took photos at the time of Hurricane Sandy, but then there was a power outage and it was much more extreme. This time, the sounds made an impression on me. There were almost no people on the street except for a few people walking their dogs and delivery guys biking around. Suddenly I would hear music blasting from a single fluorescent deli echoing through the entire street, or I would be walking in the silence and could hear music getting nearer and it turned out to be a delivery guy blasting his music as he sped away on his bike. It did not feel creepy to me. Even though there were no police anywhere, I did not feel unsafe and I did not fear”, Ramos said.
Here’s what she heard. And what she saw.