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WATCH: Leon Russell song inspires New York photographer's face mask photo series

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Posted at 1:51 PM, Aug 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-06 14:52:12-04

The coronavirus pandemic challenges Americans to live in a different way-- from new ways to stay connected to wearing face masks.

Now, a Leon Russell song inspired one New York photographer to document people wearing different kinds of face masks in New York City for his new photo series, according to ABC 7 Eyewitness News.

Tulsa's own Leon Russell wrote the song "This Maquerade" in 1972 and the Carpenters later recorded it in 1973.

Are we really happy

With this lonely game we play?

Looking for words to say

Searching but not finding

Understanding anywhere

We're lost in this masquerade
This Maquerade | Leon Russell, 1972

New York photographer David Goodman paired the song with lyrics like, "We're lost in this masquerade," with his photo series on his YouTube channel. Goodman began experimenting with photography when his dad gave him a camera when he was 8. He's developed his craft and interest throughout his life.

Since the pandemic started he's created two photo series on YouTube that highlight the Russell written song with his mask photography.

WATCH Goodman's end product of his photo series below:

Russell, a Tulsa native, left his mark as a songwriter across musical genres. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted him into the hall for Musical Excellence in 2011. He was also inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 2011.

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