When asked by Caroline if I could photograph her, she replied, "I mean, I have totally never had a good picture taken of me."
Gwen is an architectural draughtswoman during the day. At night she goes down into her basement and makes soap and oils that smell deliciously of lavender and geranium.
She sells them regularly at the Beacon farmer's market and online at:
Caroline had mentioned her as a possible subject several times and this weekend we found her at a craft fair in Beacon. I pulled gently on her arm protesting that we both thought she had a wonderful face. Could she please spare five minutes, ask her friend to look after the stall and come with me.
I had found a place with good light two doors down in the entrance to an empty store.