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An interdisciplinary exhibit titled bob65 was held throughout May, 2007 as part of CONTACT, Toronto's annual festival of photography.

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

Nettie Moore - Under Red Sky 1865
photo, Toronto, 2006

With photographs of Dylan in concert at age 65 (and 24), the artist explored The Constructed Image in the context of portraiture, aging and the life of the artist

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

Row O, Massey Hall
photo, Toronto, 1965

The 1965 baby bird bob image was the artist's inspiration to photograph bob at age 65.

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

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 exhibit explored identity, image and bob's role in the life of the artist.

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

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

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

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

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...

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

  photographs and images © ruth hartman