This project is one primarily intended to document that process as it applies to the construction of
an early 21st century American residential dwelling in a still rural part of northern Virginia. It will be presented on this web site in
three separate installments of 32 images each over the course of the next year. This is the second of those installments.
Just as important to this photographer - a maker of silver gelatin images in the traditional, wet darkroom
fashion up through the completion of this project - has been to demonstrate that grace in the use of the human hand is not limited to our
artistic or expressive activities alone. The materials, tempo, and venue of a construction site might tend to obscure the hand's critical
part in creativity going on there, but the camera, with its ability to freeze an instant, helps to reveal to us a sense of the hand's
inherent beauty in the construction of even something very utilitarian.
This project was shot in three months during the spring of 2004 although the printing of many of the
images garnered then was not completed until March 2006. Shortly afterward, I ceased printing in the wet darkroom altogether. Lest we shed
too many tears for the old ways, let's not forget that handling keyboards and mouses, instead of enlarger knobs and tray tongs, in the pursuit of
satisfying images, are the same old hands...