(NUDE & OTHERWISE) is a most enduring interest. A good
deal of the work is informal, but there is a fair amount of
studio work. Some pieces deserve special mention.
THOMPSON SISTERS is located here but requires no sentimentality
to justify its survival. Hard as it is to believe, the day
was blistering hot in Buffalo and I paid a visit to Jan Thompson’s
apartment when her younger sister Chris was visiting. Bother
are terrific people. When I came to read Gravity’s Rainbow
I thought about re-designating this picture as an ode to Bernie
BRILL’S AT HOME is one of the great lucky shots of my
camera life. I set the camera on a desk and pointed it in
the direction of the subjects and asked them to sit very still
with the shutter set at one second. The result was a printable
negative, though it was years before I acquired the skill
to make an acceptable print. Before long Kastle became pregnant
with Zeke and we did a nude each month for the duration. Two
images survive in this collection: KASTLE & ZEKE and KASTLE.
there were hundreds of photos made of JOAN MCINTOSH, to whom
I was married from ‘67 to ‘71, she was not very
comfortable nude. ME AND JOAN was not successful as a White
Picture, but certainly belongs in the family archive. JOAN
SHORT DRESS is as soft an available light shot as you will
find. After our divorce we did JOAN JEANS, a reclining topless
portrait that was very successful. She looks ravishing.
HEADS are head and bare shoulder portraits done of women I
knew or asked to sit for the purpose. I was working on a tonal
intensity in tandem with an expressive intensity. I also hoped
for sensuality from the acres of skin.
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