Haunting Drone Footage of Empty San Francisco Streets and Boarded Up Stores During Shelter-in-Place

Videographer Dan Denegre of Space Race Studio captured absolutely haunting drone footage of empty streets and heartbreaking scenes of boarded-up stores in the normally bustling city of San Francisco during the shelter-in-place order.

The gorgeous soundtrack by Cast of Characters conveys the absolute silence, stillness and emptiness of the city when no one can come out to play.

Driving through San Francisco during the pandemic is jaw-dropping. Thankfully few people are outside (I wasn’t even close to a person), but seeing the shops boarded up is tough to see. I made sure the drone wasn’t a nuisance to anyone while shooting this short documentary of this…very weird time in San Francisco.

Despite everything, San Francisco always maintains a powerful sense of optimism to see it through.

We Will Get By San Francisco Shelter in Place

Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

Lori is a Laughing Squid Contributing Editor based in New York City who has been writing blog posts for over a decade. She also enjoys making jewelry, playing guitar, taking photos and mixing craft cocktails. Lori can be found posting on Threads and sharing photos on Instagram.