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Fitzhugh Shaw

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The photography in the "Reports" page of my portfolio deals with issues of sexual and domestic assault.
While none of the work is explicit, the images imply violence, and, for some, may be triggers.
They also may be unsafe for work. Please proceed carefully, and if necessary, avoid the "Reports" section altogether.
With love, Fitzhugh
2007

Interview with onsite officer
Tears fingerpainted themselves / Down her cheeks / She asked, “Will you never let him / Paint my face again?”/ The black of his fist / Just as it kissed her face / Is the violet she feels / Spreading behind her eyelids. / Is the violence / With which she rouges her lips / Though it tastes like metal / And crawls between her teeth. / She says “In this way, / He is an artist.” The medical report showed: / A broken orbital, / A once-dislocated jaw, / Two molars missing. / The blacksmithing of her skull.

2007

Interview with onsite officer

Tears fingerpainted themselves / Down her cheeks / She asked, “Will you never let him / Paint my face again?”/ The black of his fist / Just as it kissed her face / Is the violet she feels / Spreading behind her eyelids. / Is the violence / With which she rouges her lips / Though it tastes like metal / And crawls between her teeth. / She says “In this way, / He is an artist.” The medical report showed: / A broken orbital, / A once-dislocated jaw, / Two molars missing. / The blacksmithing of her skull.

2007

2007

2007

Interview with (husband)
After (redacted) (son, deceased) died / (Redacted) didn’t speak much. / That was nine months ago. / Five after she miscarried. / She always told me / That she wanted three children. / Two boys, one girl. / But for her, after the wreck, / There would always be four / and she had lost one. / She blamed herself of course. / For being the driver / For having to watch his nose / Gracefully meet the dashboard / Before turning to touch / The back of his brain.

2007

Interview with (husband)

After (redacted) (son, deceased) died / (Redacted) didn’t speak much. / That was nine months ago. / Five after she miscarried. / She always told me / That she wanted three children. / Two boys, one girl. / But for her, after the wreck, / There would always be four / and she had lost one. / She blamed herself of course. / For being the driver / For having to watch his nose / Gracefully meet the dashboard / Before turning to touch / The back of his brain.

2010
typed description scanned, reversed, and printed to transparency, then exposed to photo paper

2010

typed description scanned, reversed, and printed to transparency, then exposed to photo paper

2010

2010

2010
all three negatives were exposed onto one sheet

2010

all three negatives were exposed onto one sheet

2010

2010