been in Russia for a month, working every day on the street
with an entourage of interpreters. Finally I took a Sunday off
and spent it in my room photographing pears. Arranging them
was engaging, but uncharacteristic of my documentary photography.
Still, it was careful camera work, and contemplative, and on
that day it was what I needefd. In the final frame, middle ground
is excluded. Then sunlight strikes the pears and the cupola
of St. Basil's Cathedral as a breeze lifts the hem of the curtain
into the composition and holds it there.