Portland, Maine 1996
The Portland series holds key importance for me as it was the first one I did after a thirteen year hitaus of making pictures in series. In the early eighties I had made several series with the Hasseblad Superwide (SWC) camera. By 1984 I had sold it to buy an 8 x 10 view camera and it wasn't until 1995 that I bought another one and began to work in series again. I had made a few series with the larger format camera but the SWC was the main tool I used for this. Portland was also a change as it was the first series made under real sunlight. The earlier ones all had a self imposed restriction of being made with flat overcast days. I remember making the print of the stairs (No.11) and just not believing that something so luminous and bright could exist. Of course, I was now a fan of sunny days for making series work.
The original prints are darkroom made silver gelatin prints about 13 inches square and are selenium toned.
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