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John F. Martin : In the times of coronavirus

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Michigan man taking ‘porchraits’ of families in coronavirus quarantine to help community. By Brandon Champion | bchampio@mlive.com A Michigan photographer is using his camera, some humor and a dash of tequila-inspired creativity to help his community during the coronavirus pandemic. John Martin, who owns John F. Martin Photography, Inc., has done it all with a camera. Photojournalism, weddings, senior pictures and family portraits.  More recently, promotional work for Michigan’s auto companies. But the outbreak of COVID-19 in the state has brought those opportunities to a standstill, forcing Martin to find creative ways to find work. Thus, “porchraits” were born. What’s a porchrait? Well that depends on the family, but generally, it involves families isolated in quarantine being photographed on their porch. A sort of family portrait, coronavirus style, if you will. “It was really born out of boredom and wanting to get my cameras out,” Martin said. “All my work has been cancelled or postponed though April. I can only take so many pictures of my dog.” With the itch to take photos, Martin contacted neighbors in his close-knit Grosse Pointe...

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