Exhibit  VII

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17 July 2001  - 31 January 2002

Dedicated to my younger brother, Tom, who has also carried his share of the load.

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Stone Sentinels

    As I spend a considerable amount of time photographing some of humankind's great stone structures, it is probably not unusual that I frequently perceive and ascribe human forms and expressions to such subjects.
    That many of my anthropomorphic and anthropopathic characterizations deal with rather ominous forms and frightening expressions probably relates to my upbringing in a family whose oldest brother was a paranoid schizophrenic with unpredictable violent tendencies, often directed at me.
    In recalling my childhood, it is as if I always slept with an eye as well as an ear open. Survival often seemed to depend upon an astute reading of body language and a relentless

'A' Battery Study #1, Fort Knox, Maine, 1996 Charles A. Huckins

awareness of my surroundings. To what extent such paranoia has actual survival value I do not know, but I am aware that it continues to influence my sense of imagination to this day.
    Nor is the manifestation of my brand of paranoia confined to stone structures; it seems to pop up randomly in all sorts of everyday objects. But that is a subject for examination another day...

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