Chalk Signs

By Steve Bennett / August 3, 2020

Writing in chalk on the sidewalk is common in my neighborhood these days. The statements are mainly about “masking up.” This one is perhaps the most succinct I’ve seen. Mind-boggling how a utilitarian public/personal health recommendation became a politicized lightning rod and a symbol of personal autonomy and power. But it’s not the first time.…

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New Rules for the (Farmer’s) Marketplace

By Steve Bennett / August 1, 2020

The farmer’s market in Davis Square, Somerville (@massfmkts) is a much beloved tradition in the area. Every Wednesday from spring through the fall, you can find great produce, some prepared foods, and other delights in a municipal parking lot filled with vendor stalls. The market is once again open, but things are quite different. You…

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Still Closed until Further Notice

By Steve Edson / July 31, 2020

No news is good news but lately we have had too much bad news in almost all economic, health, social and political sectors. Boston was hammered with patients being admitted to the different hospitals. Thankfully, with responsible leadership listening to our doctors and scientists, we have lowered the curve but we are still losing people…

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Just One Word: Plastics

By Steve Bennett / July 30, 2020

We’re all getting used to paying for just about everything with plastic these days and transacting with people behind plexiglass “sneeze guards.” (I’ve used a total of $7 in cash since early March 2020). Plastic isn’t just in our wallets–it’s become the common stuff of PPE large and small. Here are some images from my…

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Signs of the Times, Collages 1-3

By Steve Bennett / July 29, 2020

When the business lockdown started, I started taking pictures of signs on the inside of doors and windows of shops in the North Cambridge and Somerville, MA area. Some stores have since reopened, carefully and slowly, and with stringent procedures. Others are open by appointment only. And some remain in limbo, waiting. After assembling a…

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Walk-By 21

By Steve Bennett / July 28, 2020

I used to take a lot of photos of people passing by the “$39.99 Walk-In” sign in the window of the message therapy practice near my house. The bold stark letters and contrasting negative space made for an excellent backdrop as people strolled or jogged by. Each person’s stride and posture made their moment in…

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Going Dental in the Pandemic Age

By Steve Bennett / July 27, 2020

A couple of months ago, the idea of going to the dentist was inconceivable. A talk with Dr. Chang, a prosthodontist and faculty member at Harvard University’s School of Dental Medicine, convinced me that a visit for a checkup and cleaning was safe. Beyond stringent check-in steps for patients and meticulous room sanitization before and…

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The New Gallery Norm

By Steve Bennett / July 26, 2020

As we inch towards some vague semblance of normality, a number of art galleries in the Boston area are cautiously opening by appointment and with the standard safety measures in place. Here, a viewer at Cambridge Art Association’s Kathryn Schultz Gallery studies a piece in the Association’s National Prize Show, juried by Sharon Butler. Visit…

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Who IS That Masked Woman?

By Steve Bennett / July 25, 2020

No, she’s not a mannequin. I saw her strolling down Mass Ave a few blocks from my house in North Cambridge. I was intrigued by the mystery and anonymity afforded by the broad-brimmed hat and expansive mask. It was almost is if she was a modern day knight in armor protecting herself from the invisible…

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Closed Until Further Notice

By Steve Edson / July 24, 2020

As I venture out to explore what Boston looks like under the coronavirus pandemic, the city was locked-down pretty tight with a few exceptions. Most of the people I pass use face masks but I was and still am surprised at how a fair number of people flaunt the recommendations of health care professionals. Mental…

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