BESIDE THE PASSAIC 2008, I bought a 4x5, threw it into the trunk and set off to photograph what and who I met along the Passaic River in New Jersey. The river is 80 miles long, it took me 5 days to drive its length, photographing as I went. From it’s source in Morris County, the Passaic runs through the swamps of New Jersey. It then flows past Paterson, Nutley, Passaic, and East Rutherford, towns that comprise the sprawl outside Newark, until it drains into Newark Bay. Working with the 4x5 is like working with a time machine. All cameras are time machines, in that they preserve a moment in time. The 4x5 does this, but it also forces the photographer to slow down, to work at a less than modern pace. It facilitates meditation. Each frame seems important.