On June 7, 2020, I ventured out of my house with camera in hand for the first time in weeks to document life on the street. The following photo of the Somerville Theater in Davis Square, Massachusetts, with its marquee message, “stay home and be safe,” became the impetus for a series on my Instagram…

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It seems that we’re at an inflection point, with the end to the acute phase of the pandemic is imaginable. Once the scourge of 2020 is in our rearview mirrors, we’ll have important choices to make. Will we go about our business as usual, or will we take the lessons we’ve learned and perhaps live…

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As I walk around North Cambridge, MA for exercise and photo opportunities, I pay close attention to the storefronts and restaurants. Some are hanging in. Others have said their goodbyes through heartfelt notes on their doors and windows. And still others are in a state of suspended animation; the lights are off, the signs from…

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Spring 2020—we thought the “new normal” would surely be temporary. Then it extended to summer 2020.  And fall 2020. And winter 2020. I’m hoping to show a very different collage at the end of 2021.     Copyright © 2021 Steve Bennett Steve BennettSteve Bennett is a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based visual artist. He began taking photographs…

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Yesterday marked a new high in the death toll in the US from COVID-19 (nearly 4,000), alongside a new low in the history of American democracy. I decided that this focus-stacked macro image, Dark Matter, expressed both events by depicting the chaos, uncertainty, and turbulence in the road ahead.     Copyright © 2021 Steven…

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I can’t think of a more fitting symbol for hope in the new year than milkweed seeds. Each seed is poised to be carried aloft by the wind, harboring potential for new growth wherever it lands. Milkweed plants uniquely nourish caterpillars of Monarch butterflies, creatures of beauty and brilliant examples of the interconnectedness within native…

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This video post began with one of my composite/abstracted images of desert and sky, called Tenacity. Motion designer Luis Socorro help bring the piece it to life, adding a cosmic touch to the composition. We are a tenacious lot. Be well and be safe!     Copyright © 2020 Steve Bennett Steve BennettSteve Bennett is…

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For years, I’ve taken a walk at dusk on Christmas Eve. This afternoon’s ritual trek through Cambridge and Somerville, MA was a stark reminder of how surreal the world has become. There was no trace of the festive energy that usually marks this time of the year, and few hints that I was passing through…

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When I created Pangean Dream earlier this year, my goal was to produce a surreal study of extreme contrasts. Like all of my composite artwork, Pangean Dream began with literal photographs. I then used digital tools to bend, break, and blend the images. As the process unfolded, intention gave way to accident as the lines…

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This video was created four years before COVID-19 struck, as a multimedia arts project. Now that there’s an end in sight, given the vaccine and a new administration, the video strikes me as an appropriate metaphor for this juncture in the pandemic. We collectively sank into an unthinkable abyss and hopefully upon the return voyage…

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