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  • Frances Schwabenland

Portraits of a hero in the time of covid

We the people of hope and healing.

My thanks to Frank Staffieri for allowing me the honor of photographing and creating his portrait. Frank is a respiratory therapist. Breath is life so I incorporated the flowing Tree of Life (The piece from the Philadelphia mural “Neighborhood Interfaith Movement” by David Woods and Paul Downie), the expansiveness of the sky and fields of flowers. The colorful bouquet symbolizes the profoundly simple moment of being able to breathe in the sweetness of fragrance, as calm flows through spirit. While this virus seeks to rob people of their breath, Frank’s life is dedicated to helping others breathe in life deeply. He is in a constant battle now and he keeps on… keeps on…keeps on. With much gratitude Frank.


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