Caitlin Ivy Purchase a print of this image
The clinging vine - clinging to the past?
Getting a lift from the older generation -
Closing the gap -
We look close, but there's a half century between us...

An emerging Venus with arms.

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SERIAL NUMBER: 9503-18-09
FILM: Kodak TMY ("T-Max 400"), 120 format, at EI 200.
EXPOSURE: 1/8 sec at f8.
FILM DEVELOPMENT: D76 diluted 1:1, 11 minutes at 20C, with plain water presoak and normal agitation.
LIGHTING: daylight.
CAMERA and LENS: Hasselblad ELX camera and Zeiss 80 mm f2.8 lens
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My darkroom notes for "Caitlin Ivy" begin with, "I stretch the term 'sisters' to include these two. Caitlin stretches herself. Doesn't Natalie make a nifty beanpole?"

The negative was made in March, 1995, but my first darkroom work on the picture was in November, 1998. Slow Lloyd. I consider "Caitlin Ivy" to be part of my ongoing "Sisters" series.

Natalie has always made huge, elaborate, detailed family albums. Years rest on her wall of albums, back to the fifties. My earliest memories of Caitlin (once she was past babyhood, at least) are of her sitting cross-legged on the couch with one of the albums over her knees. She started doing this so early she probably did not outweigh some of them.

I don't know if the family history bug bit Caitlin early as a result of the albums or if she had it naturally (which wouldn't be any surprise in her family!), but sure enough, by the time 1995 came along and she was fifteen, Caitlin wanted to record herself. She enlisted my help, along with Natalie. The idea was to photograph her nude.

Our sneaky portraitist immediately realized the best pictures would come from the young one posing nude with her grandmother. I didn't comment, but I did expose plenty of film. I'm not really one to do figure work, or graphic work of any kind, for the most part. I like content and activity between people. As soon as I saw this picture I knew I had to make good prints of it.

The first good ones were made in November 1998. They are 20x24s on the now-unobtainable Agfa Portriga material. These prints are not edition numbered. So far I have not made any editions of this picture. Some day in the future I will do that, especially if public interest materializes. Please feel free to encourage me!

In August 2001 I returned to this negative and made a few 16x20s.

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PRINT PRICES: (prices will rise as an edition sells out.)

  • (Two prints available, 20x24 inch, made 1998.)
    "Caitlin Ivy" ..... USD1000.00 (as of January, 2002)
  • (One print available, 16x20 inch, made 2001.)
    "Caitlin Ivy"..... USD750.00 (as of February 11, 2001)
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