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bob65 was part of CONTACT, Toronto's annual festival of photography, in 2007. With that year's theme of "The Constructed Image", the artist worked with her photographs of Dylan taken in concert when he was 65 (and 24), exploring portraiture, aging, identity, image and bob's role in her own life.

This photo in two versions was inspired by bob the civil war buff.

Nettie Moore - Under Red Sky 1865
(photo overlay Toronto, 2006)

In November 1965 at Massey Hall, the young bob played acoustic in the first half, and then 'went electric' with the Hawks (later the Band) in the second half.

This 1965 photo salvaged from her b/w snapshots of the concert with a barely there baby bob inspired the photographs in 2006 taken of bob at age 65.











Row O, Massey Hall
(photo, Toronto, 1965)

Forty-one years on, another November, another 65, substituting the keyboard for the guitar...bob still electrifies.

















bob electric
(photo, London 2006)

Using context, colour and detail, some photographs evolved through composite imagery to reflect 'bob truth': the philosophical/poetic blending of myth and reality in a simultaneously edifying/elusive manner.









Art and life's illusive truths are pondered by the artist and bob in a stroll in the East Village on Thanksgiving Day 06.


bob t'ruth
(photo, New York 2006)

As with painted portraiture, detail can be selective to emphasize a mood or quality.












The grace of aging true to one's passion...

bob's bow
(photo, London 2006)

The young artist with a collage of her bob drawings and the lost bob painting which she threw into a dumpster behind Rochdale in 1970 (after X said: "it's fine, but it's not Rembrandt'). She did not paint for years after.







The Dumpster Story
(photo collage, 1969, 2007)

The artist's first attempt to paint bob after the dumpster ditch is stopped before it begins...

Two other failed efforts to paint bob at 65 are "Sugar Baby Bob" and "It ain't me: bob". See Other Images















Raven at my window...
(acrylic on canvas, 2007)

This photo captured the chiaroscuro signature of the Dutchman through pure chance - shifting stage lighting and underexposure. Rembrandt arrives by accident.














Bob sings Not Dark Yet...

rembrandt bob
(photo, London, 2006)

The song and dance man...












Enjoying the London crowd

bobsmile
(photo, London 2006)

Yes, to dance beneath the diamond sky...



















With one hand waving free...

tambourine man
(photo with line doodle 2006)

MacDougal Street...



















Looking out at breakfast from the Washington Square Hotel...

bobcrossing
(photo New York, 2006)

Washington Square Park



















Bob waits under the Hangman's Elm, planted circa 1665

bob under the elm
(photo New York, 2006)

MacDougal Street again...















Bob passes by the Cafe Wha?

bob wha
(photo New York, 2006)

Times Square...




















Times, they are changing

broadway bob
(photo New York, 2006)

Times Square again...




















A new singer sings an old song...

masters of war
(photo New York, 2006)

Thanksgiving from a taxi window...














A hard New York rain meets a soft London moment...

hard rain
(photo New York/London, 2006)

images © ruth hartman