Thanks to These Unsung Heroes: The Delivery Riders
“Mistreated, almost never thanked and mostly transparent.
We have underpaid, exploited, and often not rewarded them.
They allowed us to avoid endless queues in front of supermarkets and to take away some whims.
From medicines to cigarettes, from sushi to yeast: they gave us everything we needed.
They were the only supporters of the economy of restaurants and pizzerias, bars and pastry shops.
They risked the contagion to facilitate our distress of the quarantine.
Yet we all always forget about them.
The Delivery Riders.”
An Appreciative Resident of Milan, Italy
I’m Eleonora Costi, an Italian photographer, and digital content creator. As a professional traveler and world enthusiast, I’ve been traveling and living abroad in (almost) every corner of this beautiful universe.
I currently live in Milan, Italy and I also went through the lockdown here. These have been difficult months, both economically and psychologically.
I am a freelance and I live alone. Being away from family is quite difficult, even more, if you cannot distract yourself by going out, working, and photographing.
So as soon as they gave me permission I took my camera and went out to see what was going on outside and so I created this photographic project.
During these months it was not possible to leave the house except for emergencies. Supermarkets could only get a few people in at a time and so there were long queues, the same for pharmacies, tobacconists…even ordering online from large supermarkets was impossible. deliveries were scheduled two / three weeks later.
The restaurants were all closed. The only useful thing was these bicycle delivery services, they brought you small expenses in a few hours: food, cigarettes, sushi, pizza. Everything you needed or wanted. My thanks go out to every delivery driver who has helped so many of us live our lives.
Here’s a salute and a thank you to the hardworking bicycle delivery people who are helping in cities around the world.