The Biscuit and have partnered up to present our new photo series, “Visions of the Not Normal” — offering views of neighborhoods and communities across the city through the eyes (and lenses) of local photographers during the COVID-19 outbreak. The Charlotte Ledger
This week, photographer Jim Dedmon shares a walk through Matthews he took in early May. We’re well into Phase 2 now and more people are on the street, but with COVID-19 cases on the rise, we have to ask if this look back is also a look forward.
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Here are Jim’s Visions of the Not Normal Track in front of Brace Family YMCA is normally teeming with soccer players and joggers, but on this day a solitary man walked along the track. Well wishes from the Matthews Volunteer Fire Department. A solitary cat is the only thing breathing at the Matthews Farmers Market. Normally busy on weekends, the Matthews Farmers Market has been dormant throughout the crisis. A solitary cat is the only thing breathing at the Matthews Farmers Market. Normally highly trafficked Trade St. in downtown Matthews reduced to the occasional car in front of Renfro Hardware. Customers wait their turn in line in front of Renfro Hardware to ask an employee to serve them. Worker at Renfro Hardware helps a customer shielded by clear plastic shield. J.P. Teague waits for customers at Temple Mojo in downtown Matthews. A Matthews family walks down the sidewalk with their lunch in front of the quiet Grace O'Malleys patio area. Customers wait their turn in line in front of Renfro Hardware to ask an employee to serve them. Stumptown Station owner Brandon Mills takes advantage of the Covid shutdown doing a deep cleaning to his store. Local family donation of sanitizer to Matthews Fire Dept. at the entrance to the station. All crews use the sanitizer as well as check temperatures frequently. A solemn and empty parking lot in front of the Matthews Town Hall and Library. It's normally is full of citizens going to the library or having business with the town. Matthews Library book return boxes closed for use. American flags near the bay door at Matthews Fire Dept. Front line heroes whos patriotism is evident at different places in the firehouse.