Self-Portrait, Dad and I, Toms River, NJ, 1975

I saw how serene my face was beside his and how much he believed in me as I processed the Kodak Tri-X film and made this print on Agfa paper. It was my father who nurtured my creativity. He was often taking family photographs and bought me my first camera, a Minolta 101. A disabled veteran who was wounded with a shot-off anklebone in WWII, my father could no longer hold a job after the war. My mother took a secretary position, put me in pre-school and started what was called then an 'upside down household', with my father raising me at home and writing poetry. There was legend around my house that my father had influenced President Kennedy's famous quote, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country."

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