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31 October 2020

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

So we're pleased to present the 368th in our series of Saturday matinees today: These Days: Works in Isolation.

This clip is just 33 seconds long but it's also just an introduction to the online exhibition itself, a virtual show about life during the pandemic as illustrated by 25 photographers from four countries.

So plan to spend more than 33 seconds with us.

The photographers, who include established names as well as emerging artists, hail from Australia, Canada, New Zealand the United States.

"Together, this photo-based collection addresses what it is to be in isolation during 2020, in poignant and provocative ways," curator Dr. Paula Mahoney said. "Exploring the human condition in all its fragility, through the lens of a camera, one click at a time."

The images in this trailer flash by quickly, timed to a human heart beat. As quickly as they go by, it was enough to whet our appetite for the exhibit itself.

We were delightfully surprised to discover These Days: Works in Isolation is a smartly-conceived, well-executed online experience mimicking an actual museum exhibition.

You can take a Guided Tour or wander around on your own by dragging your mouse and using your keyboard's arrow keys. Firefox and Chrome browsers are recommended but we used Safari 14 without any problems.

When you click on an image hung on the wall, it faces you. A small Info button reveals the artist's name, the title of the piece and a brief explanation. Which is a bit more than you might see in a gallery, actually.

And, yes, prints are for sale.

There are a couple of hamburger menus. The main one lists all the photographers by name, so you can jump to a brief statement with links to their sites.

The one within the gallery window provides handy navigation reminders and links to all the works with thumbnails. Really thoughtfully done.

The exhibit, which opened Thursday, runs until Nov. 11.

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