Trinity in the time of corona: a photo essay

This photo essay is inspired by New York Times’ digital exhibition entitled The Great Empty, which showcases some of the world’s most crowded spaces looking hauntingly abandoned. This photo essay provides a glimpse of what Trinity’s campus looks like in the midst of the Coronavirus outbreak and in an age of global isolation. I wanted to capture images of a once-bustling dining hall, academic buildings, library, and other spaces around campus that are representatives of student life–these empty spaces stood in stark contrast to the perfect spring weather. As I walked around campus taking pictures for this article, I was saddened to see so many beautiful flowers blooming all over campus, yet there was no one to appreciate them. I sincerely hope the true Spring will arrive for all of us and that soon we can all return to campus safe and healthy.

Students pick-up prepackaged meals at Mather Dining Hall.

Silence proliferates Mather Dining Hall that was once filled with students’ chatter and laughter.

The Mill, a student-run arts venue, remains empty but students’ creative expressions and artistic collaborations continue as their events move online.

The Williams Memorial Library would normally be packed with students preparing for finals.

Quarantine dinner.

An empty classroom at Seabury Hall.

The empty Long Walk.

The Trinity Film Festival held annually at the Cinestudio will be premiered online on May 2nd.

Vernon in the time of Corona: Empty and silent.

Beautiful spring day at Trinity.

The once-packed Admissions parking lot. Beautiful campus, no visitors.

About the author: Matin Yaqubi ’23 is a first-year international student from Afghanistan pursuing a double-major in International Studies and Sociology with a minor in Arabic.

Copyrighted by Matin Yaqubi. Editorial assistance provided by Carlos Espinosa. This work is part of the “Telling Our Covid Stories” project by the Center for Hartford Engagement and Research (CHER) at Trinity College. 

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