Welcome to Chatting the Pictures. Every two weeks, we present a short, lively video discussion between Michael Shaw, publisher of Reading the Pictures, and writer, professor, and historian, Cara Finnegan, examining a significant picture in the news. Chatting the Pictures is produced by Liliana Michelena.
This picture was posted on Instagram by Canadian photographer Rachael Blakey. It was made for a shared collection on everyday life during the pandemic. Blakey notes that the finish line is in sight in the second year of COVID-19 and she is looking forward to getting back to normal. We discuss the tone of the image and how it parallels earlier photos of pandemic hugs, kisses, and solidarity.
You can find all the Chatting the Pictures replays here.