One place that I have not been back to since the start of the 2020 Pandemic has been the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts. In particular, the world famous Harvard Square. On August 9th, I decided to take a quick trip out to Harvard Square to just take a look and see what the area was looking like these days.
As expected, it was fairly quiet. While there were still small groups of people wandering about -including a few select students on the grounds of Harvard University,- the Square had far more shuttered businesses than it did visitors. The walk around the Square took a mere 45 minutes.
Out of curiosity, I headed to another spot that would normally be populated with throngs of folks wandering about on a sunny Sunday morning: Davis Square in Somerville. Much like Harvard, Davis was also somewhat quiet. The good news about those who were out in both areas? Nearly everyone was wearing a mask. Hopefully that will continue and full life will return to both squares soon enough.
Last weekend, I once again found myself heading into the city of Boston to observe and document familiar locations that have gone through some truly trying, surrealistic and often tragic times.
I’ll hold off on the social commentary and present instead a series of pictures of the downtown of a city that, like many others nationwide, have dealt with a double whammy of recent civil unrest alongside a months-long pandemic.
Here’s a second set of photos taken last Sunday while I walked around Boston. Given the events over the past seven days -and in particular, last night- in both this country and the city of Boston, a mere week ago feels more like an eternity.
Everyone, please stay safe and please, watch out for one another.
As staying at home enters its second month -I think it’s been two months- here in Massachusetts, I continue to dig through the archives to work on some older pics. Here are a few more from Boston back in March of 2020 and one photo taken down on Cape Cod back in October of last year.
So while we all wait to get back to something that slightly resembles normal life again, stay safe!
Every so often, I will take my photos and combine them into a short film. Usually, this is done to try and sell a new book or seek funding for a new book project. This time, however, I simply decided to take all of my processed pics from my recent Boston series and put them together in a short film simply as a document of this incredibly surreal, heartbreaking time we are all going through right now.
A little over five years ago, the New England region was the recipient of several rounds of big snowstorms, including a blizzard at the end of January -I believe it was the end of that month- that caused the governor of Massachusetts to order everyone outside of essential personnel off the roads and stay home (part of that sound familiar?). Well, unlike our recent situation, I actually did venture out to wander around my hometown of Melrose to take pictures. I figure the most the authorities would do is just roll their eyes at me (actually, the ones I encountered just waved).
The quiet that blanketed my hometown that snowy January day was slightly unsettling, but it certainly wasn’t in the same league as what I felt when walking through downtown Boston in late March or downtown Melrose itself a few days ago.
Finding myself in a rather down mood over the past few days, I decided to go back and do some work on older photos in the hopes of occupying myself with something other than the news. The following pics are the first results.
As always, I hope you enjoy the photos. I also hope you, your friends and family are all healthy and safely at home. Take care.