W. S. Merwin

Merwin photographed at his home, a former pineapple plantation in Hawaii, by Tom Sewell

Our new Poet Laureate, W. S. Merwin

I love everything about this photograph. It says everything I know about Merwin and his work: the contemplation of nature, the sense of light and quiet, and the unshowy, slightly guarded pose. Photographically, I love that it was shot on film and printed with the negative carrier altered by hand to show the full frame of negative. It's been a long time since I have printed a black and white negative, and to think that I used to spend my life in the darkroom.

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