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© Knut Egil Wang

– images from the first year of the pandemic.

The first days and weeks of the pandemic were the strangest.

The new situation was frightening, confusing and uncertain. Like a power outage, when everyone just has to deal with a new, unforeseen situation and everyone is in it together. Scary and exciting at the same time. The atmosphere of the public space across the city suddenly changed and remained so different for such a long time, like Easter, only over and over again. With brighter days ahead and with the belief that everything would be back to normal soon, I enjoyed photographing public spaces that before the pandemic had been too boring to even look at, much less desirable to photograph. The notion that we were all in this together also made everything relevant to photograph, like there were connections between everything. Sometimes visible, sometimes not.

All photographs are from Norway, mostly Oslo, from March 17 to December 26 2020. The work continues....

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The series Standstill is created with support from The Fritt Ord Foundation.

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