Leopo: Looking at Orange County’s Beaches Through a COVID-19 Lens

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Huntington Beach on March 28, 2020.

Julie Leopo

An enterprising and award-winning photojournalist in Orange County and beyond. Leopo, as Voice of OC’s Director of Photography, has captured a wide array of photographs visually documenting the news and soul of Orange County local government and community. Her work has also appeared in Vice, KCET, Ed Source, The California Endowment and OC Weekly.

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More than two weeks into the Orange County shutdown to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, we look to the coast.


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I drove along the county’s beaches and took in the view — from a safe and extreme social distance.

Here, you can see the photos I captured of people exercising, relaxing and saw big differences with people staying apart and not.

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Huntington Beach on March 28, 2020. Parking lots were closed but cyclists were allowed on the sidewalks.

Huntington Beach on March 28, 2020.

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A view of a sailboat from PCH, on March 28, 2020.

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Huntington Beach on March 28, 2020.

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Seal Beach on March 28, 2020.

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Crystal Cove State Park on March 20, 2020.

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Aliso Beach park on April 2, 2020.

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San Clemente Beach on April 2, 2020.

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San Clemente Beach on April 2, 2020.

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San Clemente Beach on April 2, 2020.

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Aliso Beach Park on April 2, 2020.