Sunday, October 2, 2016

Nicholas Nixon Photography, "The Brown Sisters" Baby Boomers Aging + FOOD Individual Mini-Cheesecakes

Photographer Nicholas Nixon
(left to right) "Self, Albuquerque" & "Self, Brookline" 
©  Nicholas Nixon from his recent book About Forty Years.
"The Brown Sisters"  photo series by Nicholas Nixon: Heather, Mimi, Bebe & Laura Year 1975 left & 2013 right
Nicholas Nixon's 
"The Brown Sisters" 
Documenting how one family of Baby Boomers has changed over the years.
We can all relate to aging. 
"The Brown Sisters" in years 1975 & 2013 (left to right)
For 39 years Nicholas Nixon took a documentary picture of his wife Bebe and her three sisters. "The Brown Sisters" is the title of this exhibition series. His wife and her sisters were photographed in the same order, from left to right every year: Heather, Mimi, Bebe & Laura. These photographs capture an illusive concept "the passage of time."

Nixon consistently used large, unwieldy cameras, with negatives measuring 8 x 10 inches or 11 x 14 inches to capture the precise, compelling detail of each face. In "The Brown Sisters", his clear-eyed portraits show us a feeling of intimacy only a person of trust could capture. 

As viewers we wonder about the many aspects of life revealed in these faces? As life has progressed what has each of these individuals experienced over the years? One of the great aspects of art is: the viewer is allowed to ask and answer their own questions.

The Brown Sisters, 1975
The Brown Sisters, Cambridge, Mass, 1977

The Brown Sisters, Harwichport, Mass, 1978
The Brown Sisters, Cincinnati, 1981
The Brown Sisters, Ipswich, Mass, 1982
The Brown Sisters, Truro, Mass, 1984
The Brown Sisters, Allston, Mass, 1985
The Brown Sisters, Cambridge, Mass, 1986
The Brown Sisters, Woodstock, Vermont, 1990
The Brown Sisters, Watertown, Mass 1991
The Brown Sisters, Wellesley Hills, Mass 1997
The Brown Sisters, Brookline, Mass, 1999
The Brown Sisters, Eastham, Mass, 2000
The Brown Sisters, Truro, Massachusetts, 2010
The Brown Sisters, Truro, Mass, 2011

                                   The Brown Sisters, Boston, 2012
Nicholas Nixon’s recent book titled: About Forty Years, was published by Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco. It features 100 exquisitely reproduced images and well written text about his expansive contributions to photography.

(Source: ARTSnFOOD editor/publisher Jack A. Atkinson saw the exhibition at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts in 2015, photos taken with permission. other photos courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, all photos © Nicholas Nixon.)

Miniature Cheesecakes 
These delicious and creamy
cheesecakes are perfect 
as individual desserts.
Only 107 calories each!

Preheat oven to 350ºF
Line a 10 muffin tin with paper cups
Blend unti smooth:
1/2 lb. ricotta or low-fat cream cheese
1/2 lb. cottage cheese 
1/3 cup sugar
Add and blend:
1 medium egg
Add and blend:
1/2 tsp cornstarch
1/4 cup sour cream
1/8 tsp. vanilla extract
Pour into muffin cups and bake in a large pan filled with water (bain-marie) for approximately 30-35 minutes or until tester "straw" comes out clean.
Decorate with fresh fruit and glaze with 2 tbsp. melted red currant jelly, or serve with fruit purée.
Makes 10 Mini-Cheesecakes.

(Source: Safety Harbor Spa)

Until later,
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