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Rosemary's Dock

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Rosemary's Dock

David Hilliard

Object Creation Date
2003; printed 2005

Medium & Support
chromogenic print on paper

20 in x 24 in (50.8 cm x 60.96 cm)

Credit Line
Gift from the Collection of David S. Rosen MD, MPH

Subject matter
Composed of a triptych of photographs, these images form a panoramic view of a waterfront house’s interior and a doorway leading outside. The interior of the space is wooden and rustic, and the green lushness of the far shore suggests that it is summertime. In this, the right panel of the the triptych, the stack of tubes from the central panel continues, next to which sit two girls in two-piece bathing suits. They huddle close and appear to be looking towards the central figure, one with her hand raised to her mouth, as if to suggest whispering or stifling laughter. Behind the girls hang a Chinese folding fan and some paper lanterns. In the left panel stands a young girl in an orange two-piece swimsuit. She stands idly on a deck, her left hand unconsciously touching her hair. Beyond the beams and roof of the porch is a brightly illuminated body of water, a distant treelined shore barely legible in the brightness. Behind the girl, the form of a white dog disappears behind the wall. In the central panel, standing close to the camera, is the torso of a figure wrapped in an blue and orange striped towel. The figure’s hand grasps the towel tight around their torso, his or her wet hair draping down their shoulder. Behind the figure stands a stack of red and blue inflatable tubes. While creating a panoptic view of the space, the combination of these three panels also serves to evoke a subtle narrative, one imbued with a strong sense of summertime adolescence and introspection. 

Physical Description
This image is the far right panel of a triptych and depicts an interior view of a dark cabin. Two young girls in swim suits are sitting inside and behind them stands a stack of inflatable tubes.

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bathing costumes
interior views
lantern lights
riverine bodies of water
two-piece bathing suits

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