Together Alone / Alone Together - Pandemic Porch & Gate Portrait Project
Portrait by Piro Patton

Together Alone / Alone Together

Pandemic Porch & Gate Portrait Project

August 12 - December 31, 2020

This is just a small selection of the hundreds of submissions. There are many more currently on display in the museum windows. Come by!

PHOTOGRAPHERS: Ginny Felch, Richard Heckler, Laura Kudritzki, Piro Patton, Janine Shiota, James Fox, David Franklin, Elia Haworth, Leah Vermulen, Moses Berkson & many more!

View Video Here

Despite separation brought on by the current pandemic, our communities continue to be vibrant. In the spirit of engaging the community during this time of social distancing and to capture this strange and complex moment in our history, Bolinas Museum partnered with local photographers to take black and white documentary portraits of Bolinas and Stinson community members while sheltering at home during the months of May, June and July. We also invited everyone sheltering in coastal Marin to participate by submitting their own portraits taken on their front porches or at their gates.

We had planned to mount an exhibition in the galleries to celebrate the project this fall. However, given ongoing Marin County regulations restricting indoor gatherings due to the trajectory of the pandemic, we are sharing a small selection of quick prints in our windows for all to enjoy now. An even smaller selection is featured below.

Subjects were asked to dress however they liked, masked or not; hold whatever is part of their life in this pandemic; and express themselves as they wished—a porch or gate was not required, but was offered as a way to maintain social distancing and establish a sense of place. We received hundreds of digital submissions, which will be archived here at the museum as a record of this unique moment in our coastal history.

Special thanks to Bolinas Museum Board Member Leah Vermulen Lopez for initiating and coordinating this community project. And of course our gratitude goes to all the photographers, all who participated, and to Elle Gailey for volunteering to print these wonderful images for our windows.