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Portrait of Hixon's Sister with Friends, Little Blue River
This photograph captures a moment where Hixon's sister and a few of her friends are seated on a small boat on the Little Blue River in Indiana. Some of the women smile for the photograph, others appear serious, relaxed, and earnest. They are all clothed in skirts and dresses in a fashion popular for women at the time. Their sun hats and tousled hair indicate it might have been warm and perhaps humid on the river that day. With the boat positioned at the bottom of the frame and facing the camera head-on, the water extends to the remaining edges of the frame and becomes increasingly out of focus and freckled with glints of light likely emphasized by Hixon in the development process. A lifebuoy that reads "CLEO" that rests in the boat near the bottom right-hand corner of the photograph suggests the name of the watercraft.