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  • My photography meet-up group has set us the goal of doing a self-portrait for February. Perhaps this is just as well for of the thousands of photographs I have taken over the years few feature me at all.

    Not least because I have always had something of an aversion to my own appearance, an aversion set up by my extreme shyness as a child and reinforced by a severe case of teenage acne.

    I have never regarded myself as a pretty sight.

    Still, aging, plump and lined, I feel more of a fondness for my face than I used to.

    I suppose the sensible thing to do for this project would be to set up my camera on a tripod and model myself before the lens. But I feel no enthusiasm for this conventional approach.

    Fortunately, a wander through the Saint Louis Art Museum on Sunday while the rest of America watched the Super Bowl gave me, rather unexpectedly, just what I was after.

    Images subsumed into the internal reflections of display cases and a skylight. Dissolving, yet fully and wholly integrated as well.

    Much as I regard life and my place in it.
  • Photographs: Detail of "Black and White Head" by Roy Lichtenstein, view through the skylight illuminating the Ancient Egyptian collection.
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