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25 Mar 2020

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Photo by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto | Over the last few weeks, I have chosen to continue working by photographing and interviewing (together with my friend Gea Scancarello) people locked in their homes in Milan, in compliance with the quarantine imposed by the government to fight COVID-19 in Italy. I left lights outside their windows, disinfecting them first. The subjects then brought them inside, and from outside I gave them directions on how to position them. To take these photos, we've complied with all the necessary safety instructions. Sadiq Marco Oladipupo, 28, who goes by Roy, is a rapper. He was born in Venice to Nigerian parents. He shares a house in Milan with two others, and thereโ€™s always people around. The lockdown, though, found him alone in the house. "Luckily I'm a loner: I like people but I also know how to spend time by myself," he says. He has everything he needs to compose music in his room: "I spend my days trying to be creative.โ€ He thinks that trying to stimulate the imagination for new inspiration could be a good idea for everyone: "I'm scared of what will happen afterwards, when the quarantine will eventually be over. A lot of people will lose their jobs and things will get even harder. But I also hope that people can use this time to try to reinvent themselves." When he's not dedicated to music, Roy works for an NGO that takes care of the homeless, work that frequently sent him to Milan's airport, where he first learned about the virus. "I had heard about the risk of coronavirus, but I had underestimated it, like others." The consequence, he adds, is that today the government and the media must create fear among people. "I don't like this somewhat oppressive climate, but I think it is necessary to convince people to behave correctly in order to overcome this moment." Follow @natgeointhefield for real-time coverage of this developing story from photographers around the world.

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25 Mar 2020

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