Two Masks, Two Backstories

By Steve Bennett | September 26, 2020

Lately I’ve been stopping passersby during my photo walks and asking them why they chose whatever mask they’re wearing. The answer of this masked guy topped them all: “People are afraid of vampires, so they’ll stay back!” Actually, he was kidding. He said vampires have intrigued him for years, and proudly showed off the intricate Dracula tattoo on the inside of his forearm. Ink you can sink your fangs into! When I asked if I could take his picture, it was a, “Rock on!” response, and I found our teeth and greet encounter inspiring. Hope your week is off to a rocking good star

Asking people about their masks is an easy way to strike up conversations on the street. That’s what I did yesterday during a photo walk through Harvard Square. I asked a fellow named Sang about his mask and he explained that his parents, who live in South Korea, had given him the mask EIGHT years ago because they were concerned about the air quality in the U.S. Little could they have known that the mask would later protect their son from something far more menacing than airborne pollutants.

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