In the past few weeks, residents of cities across the world have set aside time to celebrate the essential workers who are keeping society intact. In New York City, the ritual takes place daily, at 7 p.m., when the silence on the streets is punctured by whoops, applause, and the occasional cowbell. We recently asked Tomer Hanuka, whose cover depicts this new tradition, about how he tried to capture a suddenly familiar scene.
Had you heard of this tradition before the phenomenon hit New York? What was your inspiration for this image?
I had originally heard about it happening in Italy, and, at the time, it seemed like a specifically European thing, with people cheering, banging on pots and pans, and playing musical instruments at their balconies. Soon after, it spread everywhere. The idea for the cover started with a lone dark figure at a window, and the peculiar way figures are framed by backlight in those situations.
You decided to dramatically reduce the amount of visual information here. How does that help you communicate more?
2020欧洲杯体育投注网We’re looking at silhouettes, which can be read solely by their body language. Their anonymity hopefully makes them easier to connect with. It’s a crowd scene, but each window is a single frame in one big shadow play.
New Yorkers are said to be tough. What were your first impressions when you recently came back to live in the city with two young children?
My first impressions were that New Yorkers are lovely. Exhausted parents are usually quick to identify a fellow-struggler and lend a hand. And people on the whole are so generous with recommendations and ideas.
The 7 P.M. cheering is a bright spot in many New Yorkers’ days. Does your family have any new routines that lighten your mood while you're in quarantine?
We bake. The kids get to make a proper mess and, for a couple of hours, our home smells like a café.
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