My Book of Hours 1978

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This is the way my project, Lavina's Gift, began.

The first time I printed these pictures, I realized the negatives were flawed and would never yield conventional photographs.  Rather than discarding the prints, I bound them with a plastic spine and flipped through the pages again and again.  For many years, this make-shift book was the only form of the complete story of Lavina's Gift. I carried it everywhere. It became a Book of Hours for me.

The images revealed a story about the rhythm of life and connectedness. I imagined Lavina to be the personification of life force, and I attributed meaning to many elements in the pictures.

In 2010, after having the original negatives digitized, I began working with elements of the story again. The complete story is now also a slideshow .