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Portrait no. 29 (Double exposure: full face and profile)


To crack a smile is an admission of guilt
to that very serious crime of being alive
captured and preserved, collision spills into coalescence
a single pair of double negatives left exposed
dissolves the distance between our best sides;
the most honest aesthetic one can affect
a picture-perfect profile to repeat on command
until all that’s left is to confess:
I am not a singular instrument



In response to Victor Obsatz' 'Portrait. No.29 (Double Exposure: Full Face and Profile)' 1953.

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