THE PORCH-RAIT PROJECT TO BENEFIT THE OPEN DOOR
THE PORCH-RAIT PROJECT TO BENEFIT THE OPEN DOOR FOOD PANTRY (or What I did during my Covid-19 exile).
As a response to the Covid-19 pandemic, it's associated isolation, and massive increase in un- and under-employed members of the Cape Ann community on Massachusetts' North Shore, I and three other photographers, Bill Sumner, Shawn Henry and Paul Cary Goldberg embarked on a family porch-rait fundraiser for our community's food pantry, The Open Door (www.foodpantry.org). The goal was simple: make fun, intimate portraits in a socially distanced and safe manner.
We expected maybe 50-60 families would respond, but by the end of it we photographed about 250 families and organizations and raised about $30,000 for hunger relief for our neighbors in Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Essex, Ipswich and the rest of the Cape Ann, North Shore community.
The images in this gallery are a selection of my contributions to the effort.