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Portrait of the Flying Alcova
Orval used his creative skills and abilities to create this “Flying Alcova” horizontal image. In his studio, he photographed her laying in position on a table. Later in the darkroom, he then removed the table from his 11x14 glass negative by dissolving the image using potassium ferricyanide. He then covered parts of the negative with lampblack and etched and painted additional details on the glass negative. Hixon's efforts greatly add to the perception of movement and sublimity. In this position, Alcova's bent right arm is raised above her head. Her left arm and leg are fully extended behind her and parallel to her right leg, bent at the knee. Her long hair flows behind her. She wears a knee-length spaghetti strap lame' costume. Perhaps this image enabled Alcova's moniker to soar as high as her tiny frame.