The American Dreaming images were made by raising my enlarger up to about twelve feet, I was enlarging very small portions of the negative, perhaps 1/4 inch square. I pushed the limits of a conventional enlarging lens as far as it could go without producing optical aberrations, which I wouldn't accept. If I wanted to use even smaller portions of the original negative I would have to use a microscope. It allowed me to enlarge very small areas of the negative onto another piece of film and make prints from that enlarged negative, without compromising the optical integrity of the original. I was deliberately emulating scientific methodology to insure that I didn't introduce any flaws because of my instruments. I wanted the breakdown of the image to be the natural result of a neutral examination. I wanted the photographs to be fairly described as objective documents.