Greetings and welcome! For those who don't already know me, my name is Deb/Deborah/Debby Pacini, take your pick. I created this website in order to share my photo essay highlighting the extraordinary variety of shrines honoring the Virgin Mary and/or other saints that adorn so many front yards in my home city, Somerville, MA. Not so long ago the only way to have shared these photos and commentary would have been in a published book, which would have been prohibitively expensive even if I'd been able to find a publisher. I'm fortunate, then, to be able to "publish" online, and to share my photo essay for free. Not being a digital native, I have structured the content of this website as if it were a book with thematic chapters, although I've had to adapt to the particular constraints—and opportunities—of a website. The end result is that my web-based photo essay has many more photos and less text than most books, and more text and structure than most online photo portfolios.
As to the organization of this website: the About the Project page explains how this photo essay got started in the first place, while the Lenses navigation button lists the various "chapters" in the photo essay. The term "lenses" here does not refer to camera lenses, but rather, to the theme underpinning the selection of photos on that page. Note that all pages scroll continuously, so keep scrolling down until it stops. All of the photos are mine, with the exception of a few taken by my husband Reebee Garofalo, If you want to see one of the photos enlarged, just click on it!
Coda: when I originally created this photo essay I added the Blog page as an afterthought. Months later, after thinking about it, I have begun adding new photos from my collection, organized thematically, not all of which are of front yard shrines.
I invite you to browse, and hope you enjoy the views!