Lovers (One), 1986
Lovers (Two), 1997

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For many years I resisted the notion of titling any of my portraits. I felt it would create a snobby, ostentatious, 'artsy' aspect that repulsed me.

In the last few years I seem to have overcome this feeling. Titles pop up at me out of the work. Titles seem wrong only when they come with effort.

I think a large part of the titling business is the length of time over which I've been making portraits. Maybe it's entirely appropriate for a young artist to resist titles. These two portraits were made more than a decade apart; looking over my files, they seemed to have a natural affinity. Obviously the earlier one could not have been titled this way until the later one appeared. When I had them side by side the title suggested itself immediately.

One of my favorite photographic outcomes is the series of pictures. These occur over time, of course, and some of the most amazing ones take place in seconds or minutes. But series like these two take years, and suggest the tantalizing possibility of more to come. My only problem is that I might find one in my files between these two. I'd have to call it "Lovers (One Point Five) ...

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SERIAL NUMBER: 8606-21-12072a
FILM: Kodak TX ('Tri-X'), 70 mm format, at EI 400.
EXPOSURE: f8 at 1/30 sec.
FILM DEVELOPMENT: Agfa Rodinal 1+50, 20 minutes, 20C, normal agitation.
LIGHTING: daylight.
CAMERA and LENS: Hasselblad ELX, Zeiss 120 mm f4 'Makro'.
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