Photographer's Note

I just returned from a month-long working vacation, giving a lecture to a roomful of physicians in Los Angeles on Oct 21; then a series of four lectures to passengers on a two-week Crystal Symphony cruise from San Diego-to-Auckland, overnighting in Honolulu (Oct 28-Nov 13); and finally giving no lectures at all during a week traveling around New Zealand (Nov 13-20).

Submitting the profile of a young woman in silhouette as the first photo from the new series represents an unusual choice, considering I produced almost 1500 images during the 30 days. But I regarded this photo, a portrait of a young woman waiting patiently to board an flight as a decisive moment. She was backlit by a late evening sky. Having shot the photo from roughly 15 meters away, I was happy with the sharpness of the silhouette, revealing the eyelashes and individual strands of her hair. The colors in the background are somewhat haunting, the sunlight filtered hrough the double layered glass of the boarding lounge. But, it is meant to be a minimalist image, a silhouette against unearthly colors.

The portrait of the woman reminded me of a recently discovered portrait created by Leonardo, and seen in the workshop. At roughly 10 o'clock in that painting's panel is a fingerprint of the immortal Renaissance painter.

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