When I was in high school, clipping files were still used as visual resources for art classes. I remember the ones that we had in our art room file cabinet, manila folders with labels like “people”, “trees” or “food”, stuffed full of ephemera and pages from National Geographic magazines. I carted my own collection of images around with me from Minnesota to Rhode Island and back to the West Coast, resolving a couple of years ago to cut them up and use them.

This photo, taken around 1925 of an unidentified woman by an unidentified photographer in front of the Glacier Park Hotel, is an image similar to many I saved. The regard of this apparently calm, happy, independent person is something I’m drawn to.