Can we take our masks off ?

Friday Farmers Market. Paul Goldfinger photo Jan 8, 2021. ©

 

January 8, 2021.  Fort Myers, Florida.

I tried to photograph this threesome who were selling hand-crafted jewelry at the Outlets Farmers Market on Friday. It was the first day this season, so there was a great deal of enthusiasm.  These lovely young ladies weren’t feeling the groove posing for a photo with the masks on, so they asked.

It seemed safe enough with them distanced from all the customers and wearing masks all along.  When they took off their masks they were busting out all over—big smiles erupted, and you can see how much was being missed under those masks.

From now on I will try to ask my street photography subjects to briefly unmask.  After all, a photo only takes 1/250th of a second.  So I took one exposure, the smiles lingered for a few moments, and then the masking resumed.

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