Mark of Abel

September 14th, 2012

This article appeared in the September 12-18, 2012 issue of SF Weekly. Anna Pulley, Arts and Culture Editor.

Lydia Panas, “A Suspended Moment.”


And it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him…. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him. – Genesis 4:8, 15


Photographer Lydia Panas shoots on her farm in Kutztown, Pennsylvania–Mennonite country–once hometown to the late Keith Haring. She simply asks her subjects to stand there. “They realize after a while that I’m not going to do anything. And they start to drop the poses,” she said. To Panas this is a glimpse at their true face behind the mask.

Michael Singman-Aste
Postdiluvian Photo

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