Waiting is the third photo essay in a series that documents the changing environment at the University of British Columbia's Vancouver campus due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The ten images in Waiting were taken in September 2020 on the first day of classes for the fall semester, a term that is mostly online. Unlike previous first days at UBC, the campus is empty. The Welcome Centre is closed. Bike racks and outdoor seating areas are unused. Spaces typically filled with eager students, such as the Nest student centre, are hollow without their enthusiasm. Waiting conveys an institutional holding pattern in black and white: maintaining a distance between the unseen, mapping our future spatial arrangements, waiting for our return.
Related to: Metcalfe, A. S. (2021). Visualizing the COVID-19 pandemic response in Canadian higher education: an extended photo essay. Studies in Higher Education, 46(1), 5-18. https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2020.1843151