Stay Home and Be Safe

By Steve Bennett | July 19, 2020

This image is the genesis of The Pandemic Lens. After two months of not leaving my house, I ventured into Davis Square in Somerville, Massachusetts, one of my favorite places. There were a good number of people walking around, even though the only open businesses were restaurants and cafes doing take out. Most were observing basic safety precautions, so it felt OK to be there.

What most attracted my eye was the marquee of the historic Somerville Theatre. It is closed for now, but a continual parade of people walking past was a show in itself featuring a variety of masks, from plain white to festive and artsy. It’s hard to imagine going into a movie theatre any time soon, but just seeing the building-–constructed four years before the 1918 pandemic–made me feel hopeful that someday life will be back on the rails again.

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