Seeds for a Brighter Tomorrow

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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Tenacity

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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Like No Christmas Eve Past

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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One Canvas, Two Realities

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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Into the Abyss and Back

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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Hopefully Headed for the Dumpster Soon

Discarded masks and gloves seem to be the urban flotsam and jetsam of the times. I’ve seen all manner of them on sidewalks and street curbs lately, ranging from cheap disposables to designer face coverings. The news of the vaccines give me hope that masks and the virus will be headed for the dumpster. In…

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Fine (Enclosed) Dining for Two

I’ve been photographing a lot of outdoor dining setups in Cambridge, but the upscale Talulla’s  “greenhouse” cubicles struck me as the most sophisticated, replete with elegant table settings for two and a heater (a door, not visible in this photograph, keeps the heat in and adds to the feel of a safe, private dining environment.)…

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Motoring On

When I began documenting the pandemic in my area, I was looking for the signs of distress that we’re all feeling. I still capture them whenever I can, but now I’m looking for moments of relief from the ever-present Covidian cloud hanging over our heads. Like this image from a recent photo walk along the…

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Hope and Healing

For me, this image of a Peace Lily captures the spirit of the moment now that the election has been called. The flower is associated with reconciliation, hope, and healing. The hard work now begins, but I am more hopeful than ever that our leadership is up to the task of navigating through the challenges…

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Abeyance

As we await the results of the 2020 election, I keep looking at a composite image, Interlude, that I created last year. At first glance, it’s a mundane, albeit surreal, piece about waiting for the next train. But look carefully, and you’ll see that it is not a mundane scene at all—something is very much…

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