12.5" x 10.5"
LU QING, 2007
One afternoon walking on a narrow street in Shanghai, I passed two elderly women. They were walking arm-in-arm. One of them called my attention. As we grew closer she fixed her sharp gaze on me. The Look was warm yet serious. There was a motherly presence in her expression. Perhaps I was prone to notice this look as my mother had passed away only a few months earlier.
Before I turned the corner, I walked back towards the slow walking couple. I pointed my camera at them carefully and in plain sight to gauge their reaction at being photographed. To my surprise, the women stopped walking and with a kind of pride posed to allow me to take the shot.
For a while one of the women's faces kept haunting me. Back in my studio in New York, I was compelled to recreate that face. I never knew her name nor anything about her life. Lú Qing (Clair) as I named her was the first mezzotint of what later became a series of elderly women portraits.