Photographer's Note

This is "Scary Mary." She is a bit of an urban legend around here. She is actually some sort of Saint.... Anne I think. This is the inspiring statue and school from the "The Dangerous Life of Alter Boys" or so I am told. What I do know for sure is that she is a bit of a legend among the local college students. She is located in the glass catwalk between St Michaels and it's parochial school. At night, the crosswalk is quite dark, but there is just enough illumination to make out her for and some of her facial features. It is a bit of a rite of passage to drive new students though the dark alley that runs besides the catwalk and freak them out. After my initial shock, I found her quite comforting. The main drag in front of the church can be dangerous at night... drunk drivers mainly. I have to drive that strip to go home from Monty Hall, often late at night when the drunks are thickest. When I see her out of the corner of my eye as I drive by, it is like seeing a female incarnation of Divinity in the flesh, watch over me and the other motorists. I imagine this would even be a stronger feeling if I were actually Cathlic.

On a more technical note, this is a scan of a fiber print. The original negative is damaged and is difficult to print but even harder to scan. I went through nearly 20 sheets of my precious Agfa rag to get 3 viable copies. In post, I cleaned up the paper dimple noise with the median tool couple with a size reduce and sharpen. This technique has to be done large digital scale. (Original 8000x8000 reduced to 4500x4500) Only minor level work and a light (5% opacity) layer of digital toning were added afterward. The original print is selenium toned, but retained most of it's greenish warmth as agfa cold tone is prone to do.

This image was shot with a Holga, though it was HEAVILY cropped in printing to remove most of the vinnetting and the holga corner of doom that occasionally pops up when using a Holga. It was shot in the early afternoon at the right time of day and angle so that the reflections on the glass would give the statue an illusion of transparency. This effect was done intirely with the camera. No digital touch up has been done to enhance her transparency.

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