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clocks and clocks by Joseph Bacharach

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Joseph Bacharach Joseph Bacharach
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4.62 Gigapixels
Date added
Mar 24, 2010
Date taken
Mar 09, 2010

I didn’t know my great aunt Tootsie’s real name until I was 17. It’s Rosemary if you were wondering. She is the sister of my paternal grandmother who I didn’t understand was actually related to me until I was 12 because we just called her by her first name. It’s Lena if you were wondering.

When it was decided that one of our topics would be collections, I knew there was one person I could rely on, Tootsie.

She has gotten rid of more collections than most people will have in their entire lives.

She used to have a collection of fake Christmas trees spread throughout her house. She would decorate them for nearly every holiday: Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Flag Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day. Fully decorated. On Thanksgiving, little turkeys, pilgrims, and native americans. Come July everybody would be wary of smoking around the house due to the number of fireworks interwoven into the plastic needles of her trees. Her house smelled of gunpowder. Did I mention she prefers candlelight?

She loves animals. She has been a vegetarian for decades now and even authored her own vegetarian cookbook, but still cooks meat for relatives if the occasion will call to do so. I think she almost cried when she began to cut into a ham the last time I was over. It’s understandable, she used to have a pet pig.

Her collections now include in no particular order: thousands of books, porcelain figurines, birdhouses, boxes and boxes of clothes, paintings, sculptors she made herself (she has a kiln in her basement), and of course clocks.

The clocks in this picture are only a decent portion of them. Other smaller collections and bigger clocks are scattered throughout her house.

She has always been into collections, whether intentional or not. Her famous saying is “It is easier to buy than to sell” which may come as a biting critique or social commentary except for the fact that the only thing she does as much as collect is donate. A regular philanthropist. Her husband, Bob, has gotten used to the aspect of his life that nothing in the house is permanent. He has learned to not become attached to anything that isn’t nailed to the floor, and even to some things that are because those can go at any time as well. It’s become a mixture of Buddhist impermanence with American capitalism. A monetary zen frivolity.

Tootsie will donate 20 boxes of clothes only to replace them with 12 boxes of Memorial Day decorations, 2 coffee tables turn into a rocking horse, a grandfather clock, and a glass menagerie.

Bob describes it like a magician turning one thing into the next. Like David Copperfield making the Statue of Liberty vanish, only in this case it’s replaced by the Eiffel Tower. He’s not upset by it. How could he be? Would you be if you thought your house was magic?

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.3864 (Windows)
Panorama size: 4622 megapixels (201106 x 22985 pixels)
Input images: 730 (73 columns by 10 rows)
Field of view: 360.0 degrees wide by 41.1 degrees high (top=21.6, bottom=-19.5)
Keep projected images
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot SX110 IS
Image size: 3456x2592 (9.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2008-07-04 00:28:40 - 2008-07-04 01:57:08
Aperture: f/8
Exposure time: 1
ISO: 200
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 357.6 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 14.1 to 71.8 percent
Vertical overlap: 7.5 to 20.3 percent
Computer stats: 957.758 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 28:31:54 (2:20 per picture)
Alignment: 3:51:49, Projection: 1:53:03, Blending: 22:47:00

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