Smith, Venice, 1974
was often at work far from my photographs so I kept a list of
my favorite pictures in my back pocket. I'd get out the
list when I needed inspiration, or reassurance.
At the top of the list is the portrait of Susan Smith, made
in Italy. We were traveling together at the time and I knew
her well so the photograph rose from within my life.
It is a private moment made meaningful by Susan's expression
and gesture. In it I see Susan, and also an image of the measure
we take of ourselves.