Tulips, daffodils, and scores of other species are dotting the landscape, providing a welcome sign that spring is in full gear. New outdoor eating structures are changing the urban landscape, too, at least in Cambridge and Somerville, MA. Over the past few days I’ve been noting how outdoor restaurant extensions are drawing more people with…

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In my lens-based composite, “Jailhouse Quartet,” which I created in 2019, the grid is part of the rusted steel strap lattice that makes up the walls of the outdoor Kelso Depot Jail in the Mojave Preserve (the jail was used from the mid-1940s to 1985 to detain inebriated folks). The two-cell jail sits next to…

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When I created this photo-based composite image, a pandemic of any sort was the last thing on my mind. The artwork was inspired by the tension between a marquee sign at a train station, “Your Ticket Out,” and a nearby iron fence. (The passerby was just conveniently walking on the other side.) Fast forward three…

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Saw this while waiting for my drink at Simon’s Coffee in Cambridge, MA, which is take out only.  A good reminder that we still need to be vigilant until enough people are vaccinated and the variants are understood. I am so looking forward to the time when the bottom piece of paper on the door…

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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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