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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We’ve all had to learn to adapt. Wearing masks. Maintaining social distance. Washing our hands more than we’d like. It’s a new normal. Yet perhaps those who’ve felt it most are religious institutions. Worship—especially in Western faith traditions—tends to be communal. But in the age of Covid-19, churches and mosques and synagogues have learned to…

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A friend who’s a teacher tells me that adults need recess. Every day. Especially now. The Merriam-Webster dictionary says that recess means “a suspension of business or procedure for the purpose of relaxation or recreation.” For grown-ups these days, business and procedure are often non-stop. It’s easy to feel burned out if work is home and…

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For over thirty years, I’ve been drawn to photography to express my imagination and vision, and to invite people into the world of my visual stories and poems. Since 2009, my photography work has expanded and evolved to become more important in my life and studio practice. The global pandemic of 2020 feels like a…

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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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Los Angeles has experienced a vivid shift in daily life since the beginning of the pandemic. Bars and restaurants are operating at limited capacity, small businesses are shuttering, and social lives have been curtailed. I am attempting to take portraits of people from all over the city’s diverse neighborhoods to illustrate how life has changed…

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It’s just a matter of time. These images, which I began taking in the late summer of 2020, were certainly inspired by the global Covid-19 pandemic. So many restaurants and businesses are now in danger of having to close. Yet for some time prior to 2020 I had begun noticing more and more stores empty,…

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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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