Self-portrait on Rives BFK in charcoal ≈1999.



Note the brown stains around the edges. I think those are rat or mouse pee stains. That’s what happens when you have to store your drawings in an attic for too many years. Or, I guess, what would happen if you fed your pet mice and rats lots of booze and then gave them a little dancing party on your drawing.
My point is, rat piss, really universe?
I chose this self-portrait to post because of how non-creepy I look.

Moriah Burchfield, leaning on a ghost.

When I first posted this photograph of Moriah, I posted a dusty one, and I’ve time to spot the dusty one and repost it. I’ve also included a close-up of the spotted versus the unspotted versions.

I find spotting photographs very relaxing, but certain aspects of the process frustrates me. Due to the way I work, removing the dust very clearly shows how her T-shirt has developed several dark spots that are separate from shadows.

Sometimes, in materials from Mississippi, I’ve seen those dark spots like a fungus or mold appearing on prints and negatives. On this image there’s a combination of environmental damage and various limitations of my abilities with the equipment that resulted in those spots, and they’re all over the fabric. Those are not as relaxing to remove.