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The length of this single channel video portrait was based on an average sitting time required when using the albumen photographic process. Invented in 1848, this wet plate and paper print technique required long exposure times that could range anywhere from three to ten minutes. This was the process used by Julia Margaret Cameron.

This video allows the viewer to observe the sitter as she tries to stay still in real time, an act that would usually be condensed into one final frozen still image. The title for this piece comes from the number of mothers removed from this contemporary sitter to the time period of the late 1840s that this portrait references.

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