Artist's images, musings, and observations
about life in the time of corona

Artist's images, musings, and observations about life in the time of corona

Editor's Note

The Pandemic Lens has been idle lately. Coronavirus hasn't been, and the publication is sadly still relevant. Look for more frequent for updates of THE OMICRON EDITION as we make our way through the next phase.

Turning the Corner

Not sure what’s around the corner, but it’s clear we’ve somehow turned the corner on the pandemic. On the road of life, uncertainty is always with us. But when knowledge,...

The Longest Shift

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About the Project One year after the first stay-at-home order of the pandemic, workers who never imagined they would be on the front lines are still on the job. These...

Monday “Masks of Boston” 2021 #17

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Who do you wear a mask for? (Ed. Note: Each Monday, The Pandemic Lens publishes an image from Katherine Taylor’s “Masks of Boston” project. To date, Kathryn has photographed nearly...

Quarantine Quilt: A Journal, A Meditation

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On March 8, 2020, the cruise ship Grand Princess was headed toward the Port of Oakland, California, six miles from my home. Passengers on board the ship were suffering from...

Monday “Masks of Boston” 2021 #16

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Who do you wear a mask for? (Ed. Note: Each Monday, The Pandemic Lens publishes an image from Katherine Taylor’s “Masks of Boston” project. To date, Kathryn has photographed nearly...

Not This Not That 2021

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At this stage of the pandemic we need to accept and be graceful and kind as we are living  with vagueness, ambiguity and hope for resolution. This piece is responsive...

Signs of Spring 2021

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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,...

Post-Pandemic Cities

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Well, here we are in the third lockdown in the UK. It was a lot easier this time around as everyone has their little routines and the kids get taught...

Monday “Masks of Boston” 2021 #15

Rex Connell
67 years old
Occupation: Antique Restoration Buyer and Seller


Most challenging part of Covid19/this time in history?
Most of the people I know live on the edge, they don’t have back-up. I can weather the storm for a little bit here but I can’t go for another 3 or 4 months - there’s no way I could do that. There’s a lot of really sad stories out there. I don’t trust the politicians cause they’re all rich guys.  I like Charlie but Charlie’s a rich guy.  This doesn’t affect Charlie’s life other than the fact that he has to deal with it.  His kids are fine living in Swampscott in their big fancy house.  It’s the other people, it’s me, it’s the people who have to make money every month.
The banks aren’t bailing anybody out, the insurance companies aren’t bailing anybody out.  So what good are the politicians? The politicians should be saying to the banks ‘we’re not giving you sh**t and we’re not gonna play anymore.  You’re gonna forgive 3 months of loans’ and just push them…it’s just a push.  You’re gonna get your money but just not these 3 months.
I don’t know…it’s a tough one.  And I don’t think things are going back to normal until there’s a vaccine for this. .

What has given you strength/ are there any unexpected positives from Covid19?
I’m getting a lot more work done. I’m also realizing how much money I spend in restaurants, whoa. And the gas prices are wicked cheap. Everything actually works for me except I’ve got fewer sales.
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Who do you wear your mask for?
I wear my mask when I go out in public, food shop or the hardware store.
Who do you wear a mask for? (Ed. Note: Each Monday, The Pandemic Lens publishes an image from Katherine Taylor’s “Masks of Boston” project. To date, Kathryn has photographed nearly...

Solace Driven

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When I arrived in Philadelphia, I was disappointed by the lack of snow accumulation. However, 2021 was different. After a year of isolation and lack of the usual, a natural...