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“Outsider” is a project shared with us by photographer Matailong Du, who has been documenting street life via his apartment window in D.C.ʼs NoMa neighborhood during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a documentary photographer who primarily works with people, Matailong, like many others, has been negatively affected by the current situation. However, he wasn’t about to let the new obstacles stop him from pursuing his passion for photography; living in one of the most diverse and lively neighborhoods in D.C., he quickly took to observing the world outside his window and found it teeming with color, humor, anxiety, peace and hope. Check out the resulting photos below, and see more of Matailong’s work here and here.

A pedestrian reads about COVID-19 on his phone on Pierce Street NE in D.C.ʼs NoMa neighborhood.


Washington, D.C. Housing Authority parking lot during sunrise. The parking lot is almost empty since the majority of staff started to work from home from in early March.


The motion blur of a running dog on Pierce Street NE in D.C.ʼs NoMa neighborhood.


A NoMa resident plays soccer in the Washington, D.C. Housing Authority parking lot on Pierce Street NE in D.C.ʼs NoMa neighborhood. 


A black bird stands on the wall of Washington, D.C. Housing Authority on Pierce Street NE in D.C.ʼs NoMa neighborhood.


Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police helicopter flies into the clouds in D.C.ʼs NoMa neighborhood.


An apartment maintenance staff member washes the window from outside on Pierce Street NE in D.C.ʼs NoMa neighborhood.


A man with his wheel chair and doll is asked to leave the Washington, D.C. Housing Authority parking lot by a police officer on Pierce Street NE in D.C.ʼs NoMa neighborhood. 


A pedestrian holds some garlic and his jacket with cover on Pierce Street NE in D.C.ʼs NoMa neighborhood.


A pedestrian with yellow t-shirt walks by a yellow top DHL delivery van on Pierce Street NE in D.C.ʼ s NoMa neighborhood.


A man stands outside with his mask on Pierce Street NE in D.C.ʼs NoMa neighborhood.

An apartment maintenance staff member washes the ground on Pierce Street NE in D.C.ʼs NoMa neighborhood.


Pierce Street in D.C.ʼs NoMa neighborhood during rain.


Rainbow in D.C.ʼs NoMa neighborhood.

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