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This is Dan.

Other than going to work I hadn’t been out of the house in a week so this evening I went for a walk.  That’s how I met Dan. He has been on the street for about three years, he told me. The last place he was staying was burned to the ground while he was at a shelter. He was at a shelter because the house had no heat and he was cold, so when he says “staying” he was probably squatting. And when I note this please know that it is without judgment, but it is part of his story. This image is much closer than we were actually standing, we were easily ten feet apart. I noticed that Dan was keeping his distance and asked if he were concerned about the virus. He was, he told me, that’s why he hasn’t been staying in shelters even though the bunks were spread far apart. He also said the shelters were simply not safe. When asked where he was staying he wouldn’t tell me directly, which is understandable and not uncommon. We talked for about ten minutes. He was well spoken and not under the influe…

The Sound of Silence...

I had gone for a very brief walk last evening. Other than riding to-and-from work each weekday I have not been out of the house in a week. I’ve mentioned in previous posts about how quiet streets have been but it seems they are at a new extreme. This evening I walked the entire length of Allen Street from Wadsworth to Main Street and back again and saw two souls other than myself. For those not from the 716, Allen Street is a street that is filled with bars and restaurants and this is Saturday night. I did see a few cars and one lone cyclist. It was raining lightly (you can see the drops on the lens) and I didn’t have a tripod with me so walked to the middle of the street and set the camera on a manhole cover (sorry for the gender specific term, what is the pc word for this, person-hole cover, sewer-cover...I don’t know?). Anyhow, and to reiterate, this is a long exposure photo captured in the middle of the street which is lined with bars and restaurants on a Saturday night. I could …

This is Jose

This is Jose. I had gone for a brief walk last evening and he was one of the few people I saw. He was having a smoke break in front of the restaurant where he works and I asked if I could capture his image. It was an odd encounter. After introducing myself and telling him I am documenting life during covid-19 he agreed to the photo. We then began to instinctively walk towards each other but then both seemed to realize at the same time and stopped in our tracks and sort of smiled. The lens I captured his image with is 56mm and the image is slightly cropped so we are farther apart than it seems. Anyhow, Jose told me that he is both a cook and dishwasher, that he does multiple tasks, that’s why he is probably still on staff. He felt lucky to have his job, he also added, and that there have been a lot of layoffs. When asked if he is concerned about contracting the virus he said a little but he takes precautions. He is back-of-the-house so doesn’t have a lot of contact with the public, an…

Sometimes Only White Bread Will Do

In the history of art there are periods when bread seems so beautiful that it nearly gets into museums.” ― Janet Flanne

I like bread, it’s as simple as that. It is part of nearly every meal I consume. While I don’t bake it as frequently as I once did I still bake it often. There was one five year period where I didn’t buy a single loaf but instead made it every few days. That is also the period where I became enamored with whole wheat and whole grain breads (for an easy 100% whole wheat bread, click here; for a recipe which is full of beans and grains—Ezekiel Bread, which is still the most popular post on this blog—click here). This said, sometimes I want comfort food. Sometimes I simply want soft and squishy white bread, not brown, crunchy, or sour. And that’s how I felt yesterday when I made this bread. It is so simple to make. Light and airy, it is great for sandwiches, grilled cheese, and toast. Here’s a few pictures with directions; the complete recipe is at the bottom of the p…