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Goddess Emergent (1), 1968

Goddess Emergent (1), 1968

This was the first of the "Goddess Emergent" pictures, eventually about 50 sandwiches that -- nearly a decade after I began making them -- suddenly revealed themselves to me as the primary illustrations for "Glimpses of a Pale Dancer." The idea for this collage -- utterly unexpected (and hence in retrospect obviously a gift of the Muse) -- came seemingly from nowhere during an otherwise-routine night of darkroom work. It survived the fire because I had a mounted print of it with me in my portfolio. Tri-X, the two negs probably shot with my VT Canons, but the rest of the technical data was lost in the fire.