Recently, while out and about, I have felt compelled to take pictures of masks I see discarded on the street. These have been strange times, and while I’m not quite sure why I feel the urge to do this, I am sure part of the impulse is to document this historical moment a little bit.
Most of the photos I have are of different coloured versions of what is essentially the same design of disposable masks. These are clearly not designed to last more than one wearing, and I feel kind of sad that we’ve found yet another reason to litter the streets (at least near where I live).
However, on occasion I see masks that are obviously lost, rather than discarded. Those masks are obviously built to last, and often include vibrant fabrics as a kind of protest against our often gloomy situations.
This mask, dropped in the road on a sunny day, caught my eye in particular. It looked like it may have been sewn by hand, with the intention of lasting a long time. The bright colours suggest the person who made it may have a more hopefully outlook, too.
It makes me wonder who made this mask? Who did they make it for? How did they choose this particular fabric?
Drop any ideas or flash fiction in the comments below.
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