This series began with photographs of condolence letters when my father died. Not far into the work I realized the handwriting itself expressed as much, or even more, about the writer than the message. That eliminated the need to work with content loaded material, including condolence notes, so anything became game to photograph. Ultimately I experimented with putting the writing sideways or upside down because if the writing didn’t need to be legible, any orientation was as powerful as the “correct” one. The great photographer John Coplans was very influential in yanking me away from the anchor of verisimilitude.
4 x 5” view camera negatives, print size varied, around 2 x 3’. These pictures were mostly shown in groups of two, three or four.