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Short Story about Love in the Outbreak of Corona

A hand wearing a glove during the pandemic - Photo by Petar Pavlov.
The change was coming. It was evident in small details all around New York. In her gloves. Photo by Petar Pavlov.


Two women walk down the street wearing masks, Photo by Petar Pavlov.
New York, March 2020. Photo by Petar Pavlov.

I found myself in New York during a quite strange period. The situation with the coronavirus was becoming more serious every day and it was interesting to observe how that changes the people walking on the streets. 

I have an obsession with hands and details. And some of the passersby have really managed to incorporate protection and style together. Just look at the subtle play of the synthetic gloves, the lace and the bag, contrasted by the powerful yellow color of the coat. 

And then – I saw them.

Short Story About Love

A couple gazing at each other in a buys street, Photo by Petar Pavlov.

They were standing frozen, amidst all the people who were in a hurry, with locked gazes, and a mutually accepted rule that smiling is not allowed. Touching was also out of the question, or at least it seemed on the first inspection until you see the way they intertwined their feet…

A couple and their shoes, Photo by Petar Pavlov.
The way they intertwined the feet.
Moments like this are pure poetry.
Photos by Petar Pavlov.

Surrounded, but Isolated

A business man walks down the street wearing a mask, Photo by Petar Pavlov.
He was surrounded by people but isolated with his own sound. Photo by Petar Pavlov.


The first signs of isolation were in protective gear, but also in not really knowing what is right. Some people were more prepared some went as they usually do. Like that, the world was mixing and getting into the unknown. I rearranged my plans and booked a flight to get home.

The whole world was about to change.

But that couple, that image, stayed with me. It felt so important.

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”

― Lao Tzu

About the Photographer, Petar Pavlov

Petar Pavlov with her family.

Petar Pavlov is an artist, photographer, videographer and art director.

He randomly decided between physics and design to study design. The artworld is very happy about that out of nowhere, impulsive choice.

For more of his photography, check his Instagram, for design projects check his website and don’t miss his latest dance film.

A Word from the Founder, Zest & Curiosity

It took just one photo that I have randomly seen at friends feed to understand that Petar Pavlov had immense talent. I reached out because of that photo. And, years after many collaborations I am always delighted and surprised by the beauty he poignantly creates in any creative medium. This photo of me Petar took at the museum when we went to see the Egon Schiele exhibition in Vienna. There was a lovely place to just sit down and ponder about this moving art experience. I always loved this photo so much. I am in my zone, just happy. He captured that moment.

Recently, I saw a few images from his trip to New York. What I saw in them is an important story to share. I reached to Petar again, shared some thoughts and here we are.

Dear reader, enjoy this delicate and poignant story about love in difficult social distancing times we all share globally, as captured so tenderly by Petar. I wish everyone to be safe. Remember what is so deeply important now – the connection we have as human beings.

– Tijana, The Founder

Zest & Curiosity

Tijana looking through a window
Tijana by Petar Pavlov. Vienna.

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