Amy and Anne Johnson, Sewanee, TN, May 28, 2008.
Platinum-palladium print on (Reich CT) vellum from 8×10 original negative.
Amy Johnson and her family are dear friends, and I made this photographs a few days after she graduated from Sewanee. With large format work, so much depends on cooperation and understanding of process from the people in front of the lens. It was raining, but Amy and Anne just waited, steadily. I wanted this image to be just as much about the rain drops, the water stains, the plants and buds as about these sisters. They emerge, against the downpour. And this strange blending of down and up, of beading and dispersing, only seems to find a voice in the platinum-palladium print. It does not work in the more contrast-laden silver gelatin print.
Amy is a wonderful photographer.