Bristol, unmasked (and acting responsibly) — Send us your photos

Posted 9/25/20

We’ve been publishing photos of people behind their protective masks and face-coverings for months — and frankly, we miss seeing people. Though an accurate reflections of this era, the …

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Bristol, unmasked (and acting responsibly) — Send us your photos

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We’ve been publishing photos of people behind their protective masks and face-coverings for months — and frankly, we miss seeing people. Though an accurate reflections of this era, the masks hide so much ... (Are they smiling under there?). So we welcome your photos of people, unmasked. Send us selfies, candids, individuals or groups.

Just as we were thinking about doing something like this, reader Karen Menezes sent us this photo and note last Friday: “I was coming home from a long day of work and meetings. Tired, hungry and ready to just sit and relax. Here I find these beautiful faces sitting with their skateboards on a Friday evening on the corner of Bradford and Hope. Youth, smiles and joy.  What’s better than that.” We agree. Thanks, Karen.

*Disclaimer: Some Bristol Phoenix readers saw this invitation, as published in the newspaper, as an "irresponsible" invitation to udermine safe guidelines for public behavior and protocols. Honestly, that's not at all what we're suggesting. We are not encouraging civil disobedience or anti-government behavior. We're not encouraging recklessness. We simply miss seeing photos of people in full. For six months, about 90% of the photos we've published have featured people wearing masks. All we're suggesting is that people take some photos without their masks — so we can celebrate humanity the way it's supposed to be celebrated. Please do so at your home, with your family, at the beach ... wherever you can responsibly and safely do so.

Be responsible. Be creative. Have fun with it. Honestly, that's the point. We're just trying to give people a reason to smile.

Send your “Unmasked” photos to editor Scott Pickering at spickering@eastbaymediagroup.com.

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Scott Pickering has been on the East Bay Newspapers team for more than two decades, since starting as a reporter for the Sakonnet Times. He's been editor of most of the papers, was Managing Editor of all the papers for many years, and became General Manager in 2012. Today he can be found posting to EastBayRI.com, steering news coverage, writing editorials, talking to readers, working with the sales team, collaborating on design, or helping do whatever it takes to get the papers out the door. Reach him at spickering@eastbaynewspapers.com.