“We Hold These Truths”

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Jay Samit, innovator, artist, author, and internationally-acclaimed public speaker, usually spends a lot of time on airplanes and in hotel rooms, but the pandemic has restricted him to his home...

PL Recommends #1

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In this new Pandemic Lens feature we present articles, essays, opinions, and commentaries about art created during quarantine. As interpreters of the societal mores, cultural events and moods of the...

Dogs Rule

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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...

A Very Good Recipe

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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...

Empty Spaces, Part 1

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Empty Spaces is an archive of this historic time and my reaction to it, but it is also an archive of my history and how it began to leak through...

Photo Foray into Two Parks

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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...

America Disrupted

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Since the pandemic began, I have been sequestered in my home in Los Angeles.  As an asthmatic, I have now been sheltering in place for more than 200 days (with...

A Calmer Position

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I live by the sea. The Internet offers access to world news, weather, information, and disinformation. During these past six months, like a boat tied to a buoy, I was...

What About the Kids?

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I'm so proud of the children in my neighborhood. They understand the seriousness of the coronavirus epidemic. They wear masks and play with siblings and sometimes with one pod-mate. Though...

Middle Path

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Since I'm an intuitive abstract artist, I don't start with a plan. I just paint and see what comes out. I found painting during this pandemic to be strangely difficult...