Dramatic footage shows eerily quiet Milwaukee

Posted at 6:33 PM, Apr 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-23 19:33:17-04

MILWAUKEE — The familiar springtime sights and sounds of Milwaukee seem to have vanished amid the coronavirus pandemic. Far fewer cars on the road and people on the sidewalks.

Milwaukee photographer, Brian Slawson, captured those dramatic scenes in late March and put them together in a sobering video.

"Milwaukee like I've never seen it before. I was just - I have to come back here. I have to get this spot, this spot. These are my favorite locations. I just got to document this because this is like history," Slawson said.

Since he posted this video, it has been viewed tens of thousands of times.

"I'm usually photographing happy people, weddings, small business commercials, so this is definitely different for me," he said.

Humans are still the focus of this video; however, it's the absence of people that make the video so captivating.

"The echoing of the birds and the seagulls was kind of haunting," he said.

These somber scenes serve as another purpose, though.

While we would typically be coming up with ways to see as many bands as possible at Summerfest, that's not happening right now. Summerfest has been postponed too, but it is all temporary.

This too shall pass.

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