Two Babes!
Caitlin April and Shai Bronwen
at Twenty-Four Days

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Art can be bent (or twisted!) to many purposes. A tool of art like a camera can be used to follow people down the salami of time, slicing it capriciously.

The resulting Dagwood seems to be my goal. How this came to be my fate I don't know; maybe the pictures will tell me some day. Like Shai, I have my eyes and mouth open a lot. Some of her forebears have said I am the Boswell of their family. She and Caitlin represent half of the generations of her line who have given me their portraits. Neither of them existed when I began.

I'm not the first to photograph people repeatedly over a long period of time, but it does seem to be quite a specialized taste. Even more than the moment, I want to record the changes that occur over time. Every slice tells a different story. My gut feeling is that when the Grand Unified Theory finally joins Newton, Heisenberg and Einstein to Marx, Chaplin and Bruce, it will state, "You can never tell what's coming next." This is the quantum theory of portraiture. I just hope there's some salami left for me.

The quanta that have fallen through my camera have been joyous, heartbreaking, unpredictable, and fascinating.

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SERIAL NUMBER: 9704-48-01
FILM: Kodak TMY ('T-Max 400'), 120 format, at EI 200.
EXPOSURE: f8 at 1/8 sec.
FILM DEVELOPMENT: Xtol 1:2, 11 minutes, 21C, plain water presoak, normal agitation.
LIGHTING: daylight.
CAMERA and LENS: Hasselblad ELX camera, Zeiss 120 mm f4 'makro' lens.
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