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

Photography Gallery

Together Alone / Alone Together

Pandemic Porch & Gate Portrait Project

August 12 - July 16, 2021


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, Rachel Dinno & many more!

Despite the 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 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 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.

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Together Alone / Alone Together book has arrived! 

The eagerly awaited Together Alone / Alone Together: Pandemic Porch & Gate Portraits book has arrived and is now available for sale during museum hours (Friday 1-5 PM and Saturday-Sunday 12-5 PM) and online! Published by Norfolk Press, this 165-page book is a handsomely designed, limited run and features a selection of the more than 250 portraits collected for the project. With photographs by local photographers as well as individual submissions, this creative endeavor is dedicated to the coastal Marin community to symbolize its resilience and support during the pandemic. You will be delighted by the collection of images that capture vibrant, graceful, and determined friends and neighbors during this unprecedented time. Get your copy today before the first edition sells out!

Bolinas Museum Members receive 20% off the cover price.