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By Alexandra de Steiguer
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Reward Update, Darkroom Print - One of Five

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"Looking Seaward," Isles of Shoals
"Looking Seaward," Isles of Shoals

Hello again!

Well, things are moving along in the campaign and we’re down to the last 12 days and just broke the 9K mark. Thank you all so much for your pledges, it continues to astound me how generous and supportive you are!

I’ve picked one of the five images that will be available to choose from in the 1 and 1.5K pledge categories. This image, “Looking Seaward,” will be personally hand-printed in my traditional darkroom on gelatin silver paper, signed, dated and numbered. A gallery print.

I remember this day distinctly because I’d been freezing in this dress all morning, out in the cold wind of winter, alone on the island - “suffering for my art” as it were.

I’d always loved this tiny little spit of sand on Star Island, and the strange bit of seaweed-draped ledge that haunts the middle of the beach, visible only at low-tide like some mythical sea creature that emerges twice daily. I wanted to be there on that beach too, another lone something, looking outward, awaiting time and tide, stoic yet longing…

On my long strip of film-negatives made that day, this image stands alone because there was no other chance for making this shot. The soft sand insured that I could only walk into this scene once - and my footprints would tell this story. And even though I couldn’t see this image until spring when I would finally develop the film on the mainland, I suspected that this image might be special. Later that year I chose it for the cover of my book.

How often have we all stood at an edge, looking outward?

Martha Burnham, Susan Hershey, and 7 more people like this update.

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