I’ve been hoping for rain for two reasons. First and foremost, Massachusetts, like much of New England, has been in the midst of a significant drought for the past four months. While this has led to lots of welcome outdoor days, the effects of the drought are evident—so many distressed trees in the parks and…

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During a recent photo walk, I saw a face-shielded woman and was intrigued by her personal PPE—her semi floppy headgear was different from the rigid shields I’ve been seeing in medical offices and occasionally on the street. Her shield does double duty; it protects her mask from the rain and provides an added protection for…

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This past week I had a number of chance encounters around Cambridge that lead to some interesting conversations. This is my favorite from the batch—I’m a sucker for dogs in back carriers. And this Corgi, named Pizza, stole the show.  Probably way more fun for him than sticking his out of the car window. No…

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During an evening photo walkabout, I saw this creative sign in the window of Curio Spice, one of my favorite niche stores in Cambridge. When I’m shooting documentary photos for the Lens, I usually only post images of people, situations, and signage with a literal Covidian connection. But there’s a deep nexus between the pandemic…

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Some days I document the pandemic in my area, Cambridge, Massachusetts, by remaining stationary on a street corner or some other vantage point and just waiting for interesting people to walk, ride, or drive by. This technique is productive when I’m on a major street that’s teeming with activity. Other days I’m on the go,…

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Based on my wanderings around Cambridge and the surrounding areas,  it’s clear that people are pretty much doing what they always did—just masked, for the most part, and socially distancing when possible. Here’s a collection of outdoor activities I’ve captured during the past couple of months. Including one that surprised me–an outdoor “chalk talk” in…

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By now it’s pretty commonplace around Cambridge, Mass., to see people wearing protective headgear and masks on bicycles, scooters, mopeds, and even motorcycles. I’m grateful for their effort and commitment to helping stanch the Corona spread. But the masks—a constant reminder of the state of the world today–are still too recent and I do a…

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I use Instagram as a rough barometer to show me which of my images of the pandemic appeal the most. Masked faces are the most popular in my feed, but not just any masked faces—I get the most engagement with images of faces that are nearly completely obscured, leaving it up to the viewer to…

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Just when I think things are starting to look the same, someone interesting finds his or her way into my viewfinder. I’m always on the lookout for interesting masks or prosaic scenes that aren’t mundane at all when you factor in the face coverings and social distancing.  Here’s a recap of recent miscellaneous images ranging…

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At this time of the year, Harvard Square is typically teeming with people moving en masse, which benefits street musicians like Peter Pobodry. A fixture in the Square, Peter is a terrific classical guitarist (I’ve bought several of his CDs over the years). I was glad to see that he had a mask at the…

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