Hello In There

“You can never go home again, but the truth is you can never leave home, so itโ€™s all right.”

~Maya Angelou


Architecture, City, Corona Virus, Isolation, Photography

New York, USA


Architecture, City, Corona Virus, Isolation, Photography

San Francisco, USA


Architecture, City, Corona Virus, Isolation, Photography

Stay Home


Architecture, City, Corona Virus, Isolation, Photography

Sydney, Australia


Architecture, City, Corona Virus, Isolation, Photography

Sos, Spain


Architecture, City, Corona Virus, Isolation, Photography

Bergen, Norway


Architecture, City, Corona Virus, Isolation, Photography

San Francisco, USA


Architecture, City, Corona Virus, Isolation, Photography

Stockholm, Sweden


Architecture, City, Corona Virus, Isolation, Photography

San Francisco, USA


Architecture, City, Corona Virus, Isolation, Photography

Kyoto, Japan


Architecture, City, Corona Virus, Isolation, Photography

Go Away


Architecture, City, Corona Virus, Isolation, Photography

No Invitation


“Ya’ know that old trees just grow stronger

And old rivers grow wilder ev’ry day

Old people just grow lonesome

Waiting for someone to say, ‘Hello in there, hello’.”

~John Prine


Categories: Architecture, Black and White, City Scenes, Photography, Street PhotographyTags: , , , , , , , ,


  1. the black and whites are my favorites. Hi there. I am going around the neighborhood introducing myself. My name is Marc. My blog contains excerpts from my book The Driveway Rules. It contains memoirs about growing up with undiagnosed autism. I hope you stop by.

  2. Of course, being in a John Prine state of mind, I’ve come through this post as well. The Maya Angelou quote was just what I needed today as I am reflecting on returning home (NYC beautifully pictured here) after a long absence. Closest I’ve been to it in 7 years, yet so out of reach right now. This post widened my perspective of home, making me realize that I can now call many ports home after years on the sea, the world is my home, home is where the boat is, home is a state of mind, and home is still just a phone call away.

    • Hi Lisa, I’m so glad this post spoke to you. (this song always makes me cry…little did I know when I posted this what was about to happen to John Prine)
      I’m from NJ and so NYC is close to my heart. You are fortunate to have called many places home for brief periods and I love your definition of home…so true. What a wonderful adventure you have had these past years! I am thankful to have been able to travel a great deal but the way you have done it is amazing. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for being in touch.

  3. Absolutely lovely series, Jane, great combination of the somber times but the love of humanity.

  4. A wonderful post that relates so well to our times. With scenes from several places … it reminds us, we are all in this together. I love John Prine lyrics … I hope he pulls through.

  5. A perfect series that so well illustrates the emptiness and loneliness we all feel in these challenging times. All those cities, completely empty, if not at the time of capture, so in fact right now. Strange and scary. I take solace in the words of Maya Angelou.

  6. Hi, Jane. his is another fine collection. I especially enjoyed “Stay Home” and “Stockholm”. Your inclusion of John Prine’s lyric is so very poignant. Hope he pulls through. Everyone who is dealing with this virus has a story and he has written and sung so many good ones.

    • Thank you, Steve. These images bring on a whole new sentiment now. I couldn’t believe it when they announced yesterday about John Prine. He’s a favorite– we saw him in concert not that long ago. He was obviously in my thoughts when I made this post. Very sad. Take care and stay healthy. ๐Ÿ’™

  7. the framing of the first photograph is just magnificent and I, as always appreciated the others with an attraction for the yellow, blue and white facade

  8. Reading the first quote and then seeing the photo of New York brings tears, Jane. The post is melancholy, but for me, the SF balconies with yellow panels and the interior shot with the staircase and an open door are more cheerful. Let’s leave it there. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I know, Lynn, I was melancholy putting this together, revisiting images that now have a whole new perspective on living in our world. With hope, these images will again mean home in a positive way, although, I bet there are good things happening behind those doors right now. Sadly, it was announced yesterday that John Prine has the virus and is critical. So my thoughts of him (a favorite songwriter) when I created this post were rather prescient. Thank you, friend, as always for sharing your thoughts. ๐Ÿ’™

  9. I love doorways, particularly in old places.

  10. Hello In There too. These pictures of place we live in look so good this time of crisis. They are very nice.! Oh can’t help to say thank you to those who still serve the society, not just the obvious ones but there are many more we may not aware of.

    • Hello In There, YC. Thank you and you are so right, the people on the front lines caring for people with this virus are the heroes among many others. I hope you are safe and stay healthy. ๐Ÿ’™

  11. Beautiful pictures, my friend, I’m especially take with Bergen, Stockholm and San Francisco; and that second quote, especially relevant at the moment – and I’m sure I have Bette Midler singing it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • HI Adrian, Thank you. It was poignant going through these images and how they’ve brought on a whole new meaning. Sadly, it was just announced that John Prine has the virus and is critical. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ He’s a favorite songwriter of mine.
      I hope you are managing well – be safe and stay healthy, friend. ๐Ÿ’™

  12. Jane, this is just such a great collection for this theme, I love your images, because they are very storytelling. Stay safe my friend

  13. Beautiful post….may we come out of this wiser and kinder!!

  14. beautiful…haunting images! Thank you for sharing! Stay safe and take care! sending you greetings from Vancouver

  15. Wonderful to see Sydney’s red door. There’s another door that’s always open for our friends no matter how we connect. Sally

    • Hi Sally, How wonderful to hear from you. I was missing you and Sydney as I revisited my images. I agree, knowing that friendship doors are always open helps in times of crisis. Hope you and Jock are safe and stay healthy. โค๏ธ

  16. Wonderful collection Jane. So beautifully framed.

  17. Each image is a work of art, and each resonates profoundly during the current crisis. Keep safe.

  18. beautiful photos. thank you for letting us see. stay healthy, best regards from berlin.

  19. Perfect quotes and possibly your best collection ever. Absolutely marvelous.

  20. It’s a surreal world right now.

  21. These are great, spot on. Particularly like the yellow and blue SF building with balconies.
    Thanks, Jane!

  22. That Maya Angelou line makes such a marvelous title for all your perfect ‘closeups’ (and not so closeups) !

  23. Haunting images.
    Excellent work, Jane.

  24. Ahhh… the places you’ve been! What a joy to relive your travels through the treasured images you’ve come back with! Thanks for taking me along. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  25. Your title and opening quotation remind me that before John Prine and Maya Angelou came Thomas Wolfe, whose novel Look Homeward, Angel appeared in 1929, and whose You Can’t Go Home Again was posthumously published in 1940.

  26. For a shut in, you get around!

  27. A nice portfolio of empty of streets.

    I remember your “No Invitation” from a previous post. I like your stairwell so much that I may have to come over and crash at your place for a few weeks, or months, with my cats in tow (lol). ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hi David, Thanks. Now these are more poignant than ever. You are right, I posted “Invitation” a while ago. We may have to negotiate about the cats… ๐Ÿ˜‚

      • The cats would likely hang out with me. But, as long as they have a window … ๐Ÿ™‚

        I asked Megan, who’s renting our house in the old neighborhood, how she’s doing and how our old neighbors are doing. Megan said she’s doing okay. She hopes to get back to work soon. Megan works as a project engineer with a small Intel subsidiary, but is on indefinite furlough. Her neighbors, they’re not exactly going to work either. She has seen those who walk their dogs regular still walking their dogs. I don’t know how we’ll do on another month of reduced contact. If it means we stay well, gotta do it.

  28. Wow, this post powerfully speaks volumes! โค

  29. A beautiful story board of image’s Jane.
    Stay safe. ๐Ÿค—โ˜˜๏ธ

  30. All of them so beautiful. The lack of people gives them a haunting impression.
    What has become of our world.

    Be safe.

  31. John Prine and Maya Angelou… Very wise minds and hearts…

    Regards Thom

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