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| Amid Italy's coronavirus crisis, I have chosen to continue working by photographing and interviewing people locked in their Milan homes, in compliance with the quarantine imposed by the government to fight COVID-19. I left lights outside their windows, disinfecting them first. The subjects bring them inside, and from outside I direct how to position them. To take these photos, we've complied with all the necessary safeguards.
Paolo and Elisabeth are both healthy and have never been in contact with anyone who had contracted the virus. Yet the couple decided quarantine before it became mandatory. “We are seriously hypochondriac. At the beginning of February, we flew to Prague to celebrate our anniversary, and many people were wearing masks on the plane, even though they had not yet arrived here. Then we understood that we had to start protecting ourselves,” explains Paolo. Since then, the two have been leaving the house as little as possible; he goes for groceries and she walks her dog. Elisabeth is more frightened than her husband; she carefully watches every move of anyone who walks even a few meters from their front door. Seeing people two or three meters away “gives me a lot of anxiety.” Their house is not very big, but they manage to have two separate rooms in which to work. He is a statistician who is currently writing a book, spending his days at the computer. She's an artisan who creates handbags. “Her materials take up every available space,” he smiles. They say their greatest fear is that the situation will last for a long time, “maybe until the end of 2021—I’ve heard it’s possible,” explains Elisabeth. Her only consolation is that the air is cleaner since the traffic has stopped. “We should find a way for it to stay that way.” Follow @natgeointhefield
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