by Dan Senn

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In the neighborhood of Shy Anne Studio, near the first of three studios I constructed with my own hands between 1994 and 2021, here, a 1000 sf metal covered building built in 1994 in north Tacoma, there lived an elderly woman in a small house surrounded by a picket fence and apple trees. The fence hadn't been painted in many years, the apple trees grew as if wild, and the woman rarely, if ever, cut her lawn. And for all of this, though it probably affected property values in 1998 (two homes have been built on this land now), I was very thankful as half of her lawn had been overtaken by gloriously beautiful red poppies.

One warm summer evening, while my family was out on an errand, I felt a surge of boldness, grabbed my HI8 camera and tripod and went to this poppie patch hoping o shoot video. I first made a measily attempt to get approval for the lady of the house and then decided to shoot from legal ground, that is, from the sidewalk and just over the outer fence.

Poppies, Mirrored is a short study of this small field of flowers. The video is in-camera edited and accompanied by Prague street sounds and wrinkling paper. The Sony Hi8  camcorder I used for this work was soon to be replaced by a Sony VX-1000 both of which shot a 720x480 pixels, the best resolution at the time.

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