Who’s ready for Halloween this Covid-19 year? Not me, but then again, I’ve never been a fan of this particular holiday, not really. I’ve photographed and been part of Halloween-themed shows in NYC. Also, I used to photograph vampires and even had some images featured in a local show, in 2014; years ago I even wrote a short book on photographing vampires (I might revisit it at some point….).
I also used to walk with my friends, who’d always dress up (as dark angels and other creatures) in NYC’s Village Halloween Parade. But not this year. There’s no Halloween Parade this year. No surprise there and good decision, since Coronavirus is still upon us.
But how about masks? We used to associate masks with festivals (think Mardi Gras) Halloween parades and the like. Maybe we still do. And yet this year, Covid-19 has given a new meaning to masks and mask wearing.
- we wear them over our eyes, to conceal our identity; hence, to enhance a sense of mystery, drama, even perceived danger often associated with these events
- we often choose fabulous designs to express our personality or the personalities of (fictional or real) individuals we attempt to ‘become’ while wearing those masks
For those interested in photographing Halloween (and Vampires) or curious about what to photograph for Halloween, here are a few links:
- we wear them over our nose and mouth, to prevent breathing in the virus, to prevent real danger (rather than enhance an fictional one); and in this case, in the Covid-19 case, the virus represents real, life-threatening danger
- we often choose Covid-19 masks to fit our personalities, express ourselves, to send a message, support a cause, make a point, and so on; after all, why not?
This year I’ve noticed Halloween designs printed on Covid-19 masks. That’s a neat idea, I think. And we can photograph both Halloween and Covid-19 masks, and visually capture their stories and the stories of individuals wearing those masks.
Here are a few more “express yourself!” masks I’ve used this year:
And here’s the end of the road for one of my masks. It happened the other day, on my way back from picking up the mail. (luckily, I always carry two masks with me, just in case). Here’s a picture of my old mask, now a prop for my mini photo shoots:
Wish you all a safe and Happy Halloween! And as always, thanks for stopping by!