• Benjamin Collins

A photographic thank you, from us to you…

This is our thank you. To medical professionals. A thank you for everything you’ve done the past few months and everything you continue to do.

Our community has enjoyed the safety and benefits of the risks you, and all your colleagues at the hospital, have taken.

In the past few months I would travel around town and take photographs of families on their front steps. I drove through neighborhoods with red hearts painted everywhere. Words of thanks painted on pallets. I met countless smiling families, happy to be safe and healthy in their homes.

I believe I can speak for them in saying how grateful our community is for the support of South Shore Health.

I was inspired to begin this project from Needham photographer Cara Soulia. The Front Steps Project involves a photographer travelling around town and photographing families in front of their home. These photographs have the power to document this crazy time and to connect the world through imagery. When I heard about the project, myself and countless other photographers across the country took on our own version.

I scrambled, and within a few hours, I had my own version running for people to sign up. The project started out slow, with just a few families. Pretty soon I was visiting up to five families within a day. In exchange for photographs, I asked that families donate through a GoFundMe to South Shore Health.

When it was all said and done, we raised over $2,750 for South Shore Health.

During the project, I followed proper social distancing measures to ensure the safety of both myself and the families.

I am fortunate to be able to live in a place where social distancing is very possible and attainable. I am fortunate to have been able to take on this project for the past three months.

My hope is that these photographs can bring a bit of connection, hope, and happiness to all still in quarantine and those who are working tirelessly.

Thank you to you, your colleagues at the hospital, first responders, police, firefighters, EMTs, public health officials, front line workers, and the families in these photos for giving this project purpose.

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Ben M. Collins is a music, portrait, and documentary photographer inspired by the rhythm, harmony, and mystery of life. Website Instagram

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Burlington, VT

Duxbury, MA

ben@benmcollins.com  |  (781) 733-1094

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