The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been upgraded from an outbreak to a full-blown pandemic, but we at Esquire Singapore consider ourselves to be a cup half full kind of publication. Yes, things are bad; borders are closing, people are advised to stay home and we're all encouraged to practice social distancing. But there is always a silver lining. Pollution is down across the world, we have learnt new ways of greeting each other during these times, and introverts are the most in-demand mentors of how to pass time during the quarantine.
But more than that, we can finally enjoy the nuance that went into the architecture of the streets, without a massive horde crowding the view.
Remember that holiday to Paris when the crowd dispersed and you could get that shot of the Eiffel Tower without an army of selfie sticks? Or basking in the glory of the Arc de Triomphe without traffic? What about the time you enjoyed the beauty of the Colosseum in Rome, sans tourist in fanny packs attempting to climb over the railing to get that perfect 'gram?
We don't, because there never was a time like this when the world came to a grinding halt.
But even in these dark times, these pictures of the empty streets and landmarks serve as a reminder that there is always beauty to be found—you just have to look for it.
So scroll through the gallery above for our version of 'street style'.