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Honey Lee Cottrell self-portrait. "Take out." Image reflected in store window showing man scurrying past, not looking. For photo class assignment.
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Title
Honey Lee Cottrell self-portrait. "Take out." Image reflected in store window showing man scurrying past, not looking. For photo class assignment.
Work Type
black-and-white photographs
Date
1974
Location
San Francisco, California
Description
Cottrell's thoughts about this image: " Back in 1974, when I was still meditating on how to make this quantum leap from waitress to photographer with the added complication of having just been extricated from a deeply dependent relationship with another woman, I was given a photo class assignment to do a roll (36 exposures) of self-portraits. I was living in a tiny studio apartment near the Greyhound Bus Station at 7th and Market Streets in San Francisco. The transients on Market Street were my friends. The area was my home. I took my pictures there. The first picture shows my shadow following a man with a wrinkled coat and a cardboard box. I watched this street bum in amazement as he negotiated his way down Market Street, totally unaware that there were other people on the street and everyone else was agreeing with him by not noticing that he was there. This shadow portrait seemed to me, then, to be an appropriate self-portrait. Now it seems to be what it feels like (then and now) to be not noticed as a dyke; how we all agree not to see me when I dress and act and say that I am a lesbian. The second picture is a much more explicit document of this Market Street reality: how my street attitude and dress appear and how people don't look. I am aware of noticing what is happening even if the man scurrying past is not. If I turned this photo loose on the heterosexual world, would they remember the times that they refused to recognize my sexual preference, or would it be an amusing view of deviant behavior? Not knowing the answer to this question is one of the reasons I haven't shown it to anyone except friends." https://www.cla.purdue.edu/waaw/corinne/Cottrell.htm
Repository
Collection Title Proper: Honey Lee Cottrell papers
Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Archival Location: Collection #7822
ID Number
RMC2015_0331
8273318
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