Barriers (in everyday life) 3

I’ve been looking at screens as barriers this week.

The curtains, window blind and motorbike cover are there to stop you seeing, although the latter is also there to provide some weather protection.

The street-divider screens, which I hadn’t really thought about before, define a boundary within which customers can sit or stand outside a cafĂ©, restaurant or pub.

Clear screens allow interaction/sight but prevent touch, reducing the possibility of assault or theft. Plastic in the case of the bus-driver’s screen (though some buses use glass) and, at Libertys, glass cabinets to house expensive items.

With Halloween approaching I paid a visit to a local costume shop to photograph some masks. Masks, of course, are another form of barrier in that they prevent the face of the wearer from being seen.

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