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Cleveland photographer explores 'Creatures in Quarantine' in show opening in Tremont

Laura D’Alessandro’s images challenge us to view the time of COVID-19 quarantine with new perspective
Credit: Laura D'Alessandro
"Creature 2" from "Creatures in Quarantine"

CLEVELAND — Cleveland photographer Laura D’Alessandro has not been sitting around during this time of quarantine. The fine art photographer, and co-founder of the Cleveland Photo Fest, has been documenting this unprecedented time from behind the lens.

The fruits of her work will be shown tonight at a new show in Tremont (on what would have been Walkabout Tremont night). “Creatures in Quarantine” will open at the Doubting Thomas Gallery, 856 Jefferson Ave. from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, August 14. To keep guests safely distanced, only 10 will be admitted at a time, for 20 minute slots. (Email lucys_eyes@yahoo.com to reserve your slot in advance.) Masks required.

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D’Alessandro’s hypnotic, mostly black-and-white pieces were shot in the last five months, featuring doors, Bigfoot in a mask, dolls, windows, moths and abstract elements.

Credit: Laura D'Alessandro
"Creature 2" from "Creatures in Quarantine"

“Our raw human instincts and survival skills as creatures have been amplified, while struggling with the underlying dream that we are all connected, even during these times,” she said in artist statement.

“Creatures of all kinds have been disrupted during this pandemic—forcing some to stay indoors and yet others have become free to wander around nearly deserted open spaces, and have become brazen enough to go out into public spaces where they had not felt a freedom to explore before.”

Works are also visible by appointment, and the show will be open from 5 - 8 p.m. World Photographers Day, Wednesday, August 19.