It’s been an interesting two months.
Calgary’s streets have been empty as people stay home, physically isolating in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, even as the weather warms and spring blooms.
Calgary filmmaker Eric González decided to capture the surreal scenes of a stunningly empty Calgary for a video he titled “Voicemail From 2020.”
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In the video, González’s voice can be heard leaving a message that could very well be to the city as a whole.
“Things have been a little bit different over this past month for everyone, and things have changed so much it almost doesn’t seem real. I know how resilient you are, how you’ve always had that can-do attitude, but I can imagine things being a bit tough, especially now,” the voicemail states.
“No one has really gone through anything like this before, but if there’s anyone that can go through something like this challenge, it would be you.”
Voicemail From 2020: A visual love letter to Calgary, Alberta and fellow Canadians.
Filming took place over the last weeks of April 2020 in the City of Calgary.
— Eric González (@Eric_A_Gonzalez) May 1, 2020
The visual love letter, as González describes it in a tweet accompanying the video, plays alongside gorgeous visuals of iconic Calgary locations that have become completely empty over the past month.
A description of the video on Vimeo states that the filming took place over the last few weeks of April with permission from NAV Canada and private property owners.
Take a look at the video here: