A New Kind of Empty Photo Essay by Zachary Cottam

Frisco, TX, 03/31/2020. The parking lot of Dillard's hosts no cars on March 31, 2020. As part of Stonebriar Mall, the largest mall in North Texas outside of Dallas, Dillard's was forced to close its doors to contain the spread of COVID-19

COVID-19 has closed down, suspended or ended many of the daily activities in North Texas. Churches, schools and businesses were closed off from the public. These photos capture the emptiness of normally crowded spaces.

Frisco, TX, 03/31/2020. With the opening of the season right around the corner, the Dr. Pepper Ballpark stands empty on March 31, 2020. As the practice facility and home field for the Frisco Roughriders, the Texas Rangers AA affiliate, Dr. Pepper Ballpark will remain empty and locked until further notice.
Denton, Texas, 04/21/2020. On a staircase outside the University of North Texas Student Union, someone chalked the words "Stay Safe" with a heart across descending steps.
Denton, Texas, 04/21/2020. UNT's Library Mall stands empty on a Tuesday afternoon. After COVID-19 shutdowns, the usual student traffic has disappeared.
McKinney, Texas, 04/26/2020. Movies 14 stands in McKinney, Texas, classified as a non-essential business, was closed to prevent spread of the SARS-Cov-2 virus.
McKinney, Texas, 05/03/2020. A broken sign hans on the front of Movies 14 in McKinney, Texas.
McKinney, Texas, 04/24/2020. At McKinney High School, classes were moved online in March due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19.
McKinney, Texas, 04/24/2020. Ron Poe Stadium is usually the host to the McKinney Lions' spring football game but sits without a single spectator, athlete or coach. Even after the new McKinney ISD Stadium was opened in 2018, the original McKinney High School held events at Ron Poe before COVID-19 shutdowns took effect.


Photo Essay by Zachary Cottam